SARUP celebrates the return of Herbert Dreiseitl as its distinguished (virtual) visiting critic of the school’s 2020 Urban Edge Studio: Milwaukee as a Carbon Neutral and Water-Centric EcoCity. Dreiseitl will co-teach the studio alongside Urban Edge studio leader, Professor Jim Wasley.

Dreiseitl will present the Urban Edge Prize Lecture, “Fluid Thinking,” at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. “Fluid Thinking” launches the Urban Edge 2020 weekly lecture series: “Water and the Port Cities of the Great Lakes Basin.” Friday, Sept. 25, Dreiseitl and Bettina Dreiseitl-Wanschura will present targeted case studies from their global portfolio. Other speakers and topics will be finalized over the coming weeks.

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About Urban Edge Studio 2020

“Working from the watershed scale down to individual public waterscapes,” explains Wasley, “Urban Edge student designers will be envisioning a post-carbon, ecologically vibrant future for Milwaukee. Professor Dreiseitl is a world-class designer who’s engaging philosophy of ‘fluid thinking’ and track record of globally significant projects makes him an ideal choice for Urban Edge.”

Dreiseitl’s bi-weekly virtual visits from Germany will help Urban Edge student designers enact a global practice as they research potential linkages between Milwaukee’s hydrological systems, energy systems, and other infrastructure, as we seek to envision a post-carbon, ecologically vibrant future for Milwaukee.

SARUP also celebrates Dreiseitl’s commission to design a four-season sculptural water feature for a prominent Milwaukee location.

About Herbert Dreiseitl

Herbert Dreiseitl is a renowned landscape architect, urban designer, water artist, interdisciplinary planner, and a regular visiting professor at the National University of Singapore. He is also a Harvard GSD Loeb Fellow, and Fellow of the Center of Liveable Cities in Singapore.

Founded in 1980, Atelier Dreiseitl (today Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl), is a globally integrated design firm with a long-standing history of excellence in urban design, landscape architecture, and resilient ecological planning. Today, Dreiseitl is an independent consultant for many cities and initiatives around the globe. His work integrates regenerative processes, demonstrating a portfolio of site-responsive interventions of community-based urban planning, nature-based solutions, and environmentally sensitive engineering.

Urban Edge 2020 marks Dreiseitl’s first virtual visit and third SARUP partnership since 2005. Wisconsin Green Building Alliance brought Dreiseitl to Milwaukee to kick off the ‘UWM as a Zero-Discharge Zone’ master planning project. In 2010, while in the US as a Loeb Fellow, Dreiseitl served as the Urban Edge Prize Distinguished Critic for the first time, helping to launch the ‘Milwaukee Inner Harbor Project.’

The Urban Edge Prize is supported by the Wisconsin Preservation Fund.