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Sherwood Gallery Presents “Rejoined” a presentation of new work by visual artist Kathleen Posada Weber
June 8th, 2017 by Eddie Scher

For Immediate Release

June 9, 2017

Eddie Scher, Sherwood Gallery,, 415.815.7027
Henry Pontarelli, Sherwood Gallery,, 805.595.1345

Sherwood Gallery Presents “Rejoined” a presentation of new work by visual artist Kathleen Posada Weber

[San Francisco, CA] Sherwood Gallery announces a new show with works by San Francisco-based artist Kathleen Posada Weber. “Rejoined” considers the concept of modern perfection seeking and image. The significance of flaws, both perceived and actual, inspire the aesthetic language of the pieces presented. Precious materials and color are employed to contemplate these perceptions and reflect on a reframed perspective; while three of the most historically important blues, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue and Lapis Lazuli dominate the body of work and set the mood of the exhibit.

Kathleen Posada Weber, who studied fine art at the Slade in London, cites her childhood experience in Los Angeles, the influence of the surreal culture of Hollywood and the surrounding suburban expanse, in promoting creativity while hindering her sense of reality.

“It was a time and place of paradoxes, and the joy of illusion was a completely normal state of mind, and some might even say a compulsory part of growing up in La La Land,” says Weber. “I began painting in my mid-twenties, paralleling my fashion career and as my professional creativity evolved, so did my desire to realize my personal and pure artistic expression unhindered by commercial or conventional applications.”

In addition to the main gallery, Sherwood Gallery is also presenting “Clouds,” pieces by artist Lauren Mendez, focusing on the atmospheric quality in the air and sky, resulting in a minimal ‘scape where the mood or emotion is conveyed through a loose painting application. The dramatic subject matter of sky, clouds and weather contain a rich quality of feeling and memory.

Sherwood Gallery, 58 Maiden Lane in San Francisco, presents a hybrid between the experimental and professional landscape, where visual artists are given the opportunity to explore an interdisciplinary practice that contributes to the cultural discourse of the Bay Area community. Through the facilitation of lectures, screenings, panel discussions, and relational events, Sherwood’s program creates an active exchange of ideas reflecting on the global scope of contemporary art. The Sherwood Gallery is open by appointment.

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Sherwood Supports Water Reuse in California
May 1st, 2017 by Eddie Scher

Today Sherwood Engineers delivered our letter in support of SB740, important state legislation that will help promote water reuse in California.

April 26, 2017

Senator Scott Wiener
State Capitol, Room 4066
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE:  SUPPORT SB 740 – Onsite Non-Potable Water System Guidelines

Dear Senator Wiener:

Thank you for introducing SB 740 and for your commitment to expanding water reuse in California.

The benefits of reusing stormwater and greywater for landscape irrigation, flushing toilets, and other non-potable uses is unquestionable in the face of drought and a disrupted climate. For 15 years Sherwood Design Engineers has designed and implemented onsite water infrastructure systems that capture, treat, and reuse stormwater, offsetting demand on drinking water supplies, reducing the burden on water infrastructure, and reducing energy demand from water conveyance and treatment. Well-designed water reuse systems are proven safe and effective. This important bill will help communities across the state take advantage of water reuse systems to reduce water demand and improve climate resilience.

SB 740 will direct the State Water Resources Control Board to develop a comprehensive risk-based framework to assist local communities in developing oversight and management programs for onsite non-potable water systems in multi-family residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings.  The framework would establish treatment system performance standards that are protective of public health and establish guidance for monitoring, permitting and reporting of onsite non-potable water systems in communities across California. The practices set forth in the framework are optional and would be adopted at the discretion of local communities.

For these reasons, Sherwood Design Engineers supports SB 740 and your efforts to promote water reuse in California. Thank you for your attention to this critical issue.


Bry Sarté
Founder and Partner

Happy New Year From Sherwood Design Engineers
January 11th, 2017 by Wendy

From all of us at SHERWOOD DESIGN ENGINEERS Happy New Year!

In 2016 Sherwood worked on university campuses, parks and open spaces, government buildings, homes, and the central plaza in the largest private real estate development in U.S. history. All together we were site civil engineer on more than 60 projects across the Americas, Caribbean, and Middle East. What connects our diverse project portfolio is Sherwood’s ideas-to-implementation engineering approach.

For Sherwood, the New Year means a renewed commitment to connecting with our partners and our values to deliver world class design and engineering:

IMG_7401smWe connect the vision. We put the aesthetic and architectural vision for the project first, we apply innovation and sound engineering to make big ideas possible. 

We connect the people. Our focus on solution-oriented collaboration has a proven track record delivering plans from concept to successful implementation.

We connect the value. Our design integration approach co-optimizes systems in high performance landscapes that save money, reduce water and energy use, that get approved and get built.

WE ARE CIVIL ENGINEERS. We are a full service site civil engineering practice specializing in sustainable infrastructure engineering.


In 2017 Sherwood will push forward more innovative projects from concept to implementation:

Hudson_Yards_HY_161127_GabDuqueSMIn New York, at the center of the Hudson Yards, construction continues on a four and a half acre plaza suspended on a concrete platform above a railyard. Sherwood devised a net-zero water landscape system engineered with a curbless water collection to achieve Nelson Byrd Woltz’s vision for a spiraling park design. The result: this massive Related development with buildings designed by KPF will not contribute to the city’s overburdened stormwater system. In fact, it will help alleviate future sewer overflows and flooding.

For the City of San Francisco, the Moscone Convention Center expansion designed by SOM is under construction by Webcor, in part thanks to Sherwood’s innovative stormwater infrastructure design. Our solution – the use of trench drains instead of conventional drains – will improve underground connectivity of the North and South exhibition space. Close collaboration between Sherwood and city officials ensured our innovative approach was approved for the first time by San Francisco authorities.


Do you have any projects we can help you with? We would love to hear from you, if you can take a moment to reply to this email with your latest developments it would be great to connect. We wish you a healthy and happy New Year!

Book Release: New Approaches to Urban Design Reduce Flooding, Improve Climate Resiliency
October 26th, 2016 by Eddie Scher

Media Release

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Book Release: New Approaches to Urban Design Reduce Flooding, Improve Climate Resiliency

[San Francisco, CA] On October 11, 2016, Columbia University engineering faculty S. Bry Sarté and Morana M. Stipisic released Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient Systems, a new book highlighting recent innovations in urban design that reduce flooding and relieve pressure on aging infrastructure. Authors S. Bry Sarté and Morana M. Stipisic wrote the book in response to the growing need by cities to better prepare for severe weather and disastrous flooding, like the events in Baton Rouge in 2016, Texas in 2015, New York City in 2012, and New Orleans in 2005.

The authors present a toolkit of urban design approaches that enable change on a global scale and address water problems of water quality and quantity with clarity and purpose as one of the central issues of our time.
– Kate Orff, Director of the Urban Design Program at Columbia University

The authors review vulnerabilities from rapid urbanization and a changing climate, design and policy responses, and ten specific innovations in urban water infrastructure. The innovations fall into four categories: technology, ecology, finance, and equity. The book includes case studies of specific examples demonstrating how these innovations are already successfully deployed in the developed and developing world. Innovations such as landscape that adapts to weather conditions, providing recreation space and safe storage for floodwater, and storm drains disconnected from the citywide system that instead flow into micro-scale rain gardens, capturing and treating stormwater, recharging groundwater.

This book is about the very near future, and the now, of our ever urbanizing world and the critical importance of innovative design that will protect our cities and our water supplies in an increasingly disrupted climate.
– Lance Jay Brown, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects

The book was developed as guidance for the United Nations New Urban Agenda and presented by the authors at the UN Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

By 2035, $67 trillion is needed in infrastructure investment, $7.4 trillion alone on water projects – that’s a big expense and an even bigger opportunity to build water systems that protect our cities, support economic growth, and also promote social and environmental well-being.
– S. Bry Sarté, author and founder of Sherwood Design Engineers

Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient Systems is published by Columbia University and available on Amazon and other book sellers.


Bry Sarté
is principal and founder of Sherwood Design Engineers, an international civil engineering practice committed to integrating ecological health and climate resilience into infrastructure through innovative, cutting-edge design.

Morana M. Stipisic is trained as an architect, urban designer and planner and has more than fifteen years of international experience in production, management and teaching.


Leading building design companies support new online platform to speed up sustainability
October 6th, 2016 by Eddie Scher

For immediate release: 6 October 2016

BuildGreen Solutions, Cundall, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Elementa Consulting and Sherwood Design Engineers form the first cohort of Global Founders of a new online platform that will take the headache out of going green. Developed by sustainability charity Bioregional, the platform will make it easier for anyone involved in sustainability to make progress in creating a better world.

If everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average person in the West, we would need several planets to support us.

Bioregional developed the One Planet Living framework using learning from its involvement in the development of the award-winning BedZED Eco-village in London, the UK’s largest mixed-use eco-community. One Planet Living is based on ten intuitive principles ranging from ‘zero carbon energy’ to ‘health and happiness’, that work together to enable us all to live happy, healthy lives within the means of our one planet.

Complementing existing certification systems like BREEAM, LEED and BCorp, the online platform will capture green initiatives by cities, businesses, real estate developers, schools and individuals, enabling global, cross-sector collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

Bioregional Co-Founder and International Director of One Planet Communities Pooran Desai OBE said: “It’s clear that there is huge untapped demand for One Planet Living. We already know that hundreds of organisations around the world, across four continents, are using it as the engine of their sustainability efforts.

“Our new platform will provide free tools and resources for everyone to write sustainability action plans, crowdsource solutions, and benchmark their performance against the leaders.”

“We are enormously pleased to welcome BuildGreen Solutions, Cundall, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Elementa Consulting and Sherwood Design Engineers as the first Global Founders of our platform – a platform that we will continue to build with their support. We are looking for more like-minded sustainability leaders to join us, so they can help influence the development of the platform and its associated tools, services and business model.”

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Integral Group and Elementa Consulting, Kevin Hydes said: “We have worked with One Planet Living over the years and supported its ongoing evolution and development. What’s really exciting about the framework is its ability to change hearts as well as minds. It’s a fantastic tool for engaging communities and businesses. It makes the issues accessible to all and it accelerates our collective impact towards the biggest challenge in an era: to live within our earth’s resources. I am extremely proud to join this initiative as a Global Founder, and encourage other like-minded global firms to come on board.”

Alan Fogarty, Sustainability Partner at Cundall said: “Cundall has been a One Planet Company since 2012, and is delighted to be a Global Founder of this new platform. We see it as the natural next step, making the One Planet ethos accessible to the broadest possible audience, helping people and organisations around the world to adopt One Planet Living. We apply the One Planet ethos within Cundall every day, not only to assess our operations as a business but also as our framework to ensure our projects are truly sustainable.”

Bioregional is inviting up to 40 Global Founders to help support the development of the platform over the next 6 months, and it will be launched to the public next Spring. Contact Claire Brady ( to find out more.


Contact Claire Brady ( to find out more.

Bioregional also publishes its 2015/16 Annual Review today, which maps the growth of One Planet Communities across four continents.

Follow @oneplanetliving and #oneplanetliving on twitter.


Notes to editors

  1. Bioregional champions a better, more sustainable way to live. We work with partners to create better places for people to live, work and do business.
  2. BuildGreen Solutions is a real estate advisory services company with a unique perspective on development, blending development experience with unparalleled expertise in sustainability. With a long-term interest in building dynamic and vibrant communities, it advises on how to maximize environmental, social and economic returns from development projects in various roles as managers, educators, consultants and facilitators.
  3. Cundall is an international multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with over 600 staff, operating in over 11 countries across the globe. 2016 sees Cundall (Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP) celebrating its 40th anniversary. It provides clients with practical advice and solutions, which reduce the environmental impact of developments, and provide better spaces for building users and occupiers, as well as for the wider community. Cundall is the world’s first consultancy to be endorsed as a One Planet Company. Also visit
  4. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) is an award-winning architectural practice with an international reputation for design quality, for pioneering environmental expertise and a progressive architectural approach. It has experience in designing for education, housing, master planning and urban design as well as places for art and the creative reuse of historic buildings. FCBStudios started small over 38 years ago and, in spite of its growth to over 200 staff, it continues to be committed to social and humanistic values in its work. It won the RIBA Stirling Prize for Accordia, a scheme which is widely regarded as setting a new benchmark for housing in the UK. It is the top RIBA National Award winning practice of the last decade.
  5. Integral Group is an interactive global network of over 360 design professionals collaborating under a single deep green engineering umbrella; Elementa Consulting is a member of Integral Group. It provides a full range of building system design, energy analysis, and third party LEED commissioning services with a staff widely regarded as innovative leaders in their fields. Integral has offices and affiliates throughout North America and around the world that focus on providing clients with high-quality, efficient solutions. The organisation is designed to specifically meet the challenge of accelerating critical change in sustainable building practices.
  6. Sherwood Design Engineers is a 21st century civil and environmental engineering firm committed to the optimal integration of ecology, infrastructure, and design, with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Houston. It was established to provide a new generation of infrastructure services focused on both planning and implementation. The firm has implemented net-zero green building projects, district infrastructure, new street standards, and many sustainable civil projects throughout the world.
  7. The One Planet digital platform will be publicly launched in the UK at Ecobuild in March 2016, and at in the USA in April, at the Urban Land Institute in Seattle.

Urban Innovations Water Infrastructure at Habitat III Side Event in Indonesia
July 26th, 2016 by Wendy

S. Bry Sarté will be presenting at 2016 Preparatory Commission 3 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development on July 27th in Surabaya, Indonesia. He will be co-presenting at the Habitat III Side Event on Urban Innovations Water Infrastructure introducing the new publication for “Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient Systems”


How do cities need to respond to the risks related to the intersection of water resources, climate vulnerability and rapid urbanization? Urban design innovations serve as a form of connective infrastructure, bridging segregated disciplinary thought to meet the complex challenges posed by urbanization.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park: Main Street and John Street Site Grand Openings
August 14th, 2015 by Sherwood


Last week, Brooklyn Bridge Park celebrated the opening of two new sites—Main and John Streets—extending the park to its most northern boundary along the East River.  Sherwood worked in close collaboration with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and the Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy to extend the park’s recreational and protective edge, now 1.5 miles in length.

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Outlook for Sustainable Design by Ron Nyren
June 22nd, 2015 by Wendy

Designing not just to conserve resources, but also to improve the environment.~

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Members of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council discuss ideas for redesigning the urban realm in ways that consume fewer resources and reduce or reverse environmental impacts.  Click here to read the full article

Sherwood Sessions at AIA!
May 13th, 2015 by Sherwood

Sherwood Partners Bry Sarte and John Leys will be presenting 3 sessions this week at the AIA National Conference in Atlanta! They promise to be fantastic, so check them out!

Hybrid Consultancies-Thursday 7:30-8:30am Room B401

Infrastructure, Resilience, and Public Space- Friday 3:30-4:30pm Room B314

Proving Grounds for Net-Zero Water Buildings and EcoDistricts- Saturday 7-8am /room B314

Sherwood Institute Brings Water Infrastructure Recommendations to the United Nations
March 5th, 2015 by Sherwood

This post is authored by Prentiss Darden, from SDE’s Innovation Lab, who participated in the SI Forum and is currently collaborating on the upcoming Sherwood Institute publication, “Innovations in Urban Water Infrastructure.”

This past September, Sherwood Institute hosted a two day workshop in New York City to generate ideas about innovations in urban water infrastructure and how to implement them.  We were joined by a group of 60 engineers, landscape architects, architects, planners, ecologists, policy makers, and development workers, including representatives from the UN, Columbia University’s Urban Design Lab and Earth Institute, Grimshaw, Gensler, Mia Lehrer and Associates, Sasaki Associates, and dland studio.  Participants came from the east, west, and gulf coasts, bringing a variety of experience and perspectives to apply in developing innovations and implementation strategies to a variety of sites chosen for their varying conditions relative to climate, population density, and infrastructure condition.  The workshop was conducted as a design charrette, with groups working on solutions for sites located in Manhattan,   Silicon Valley, New Orleans, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Qinhuangdao (China), and Bangalore (India), addressing innovations and implementations as they applied from bio-regional to district scales.

Forum participants discussing innovations in water infrastructure for the city of New Orleans. Pictured: Jason Hellendrung, James Lima, David Burke, Jeff Carney, and Elisa Petkova. Photo Credit: Angela Eaton / Sherwood Institute

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