Sanya Mangrove Park is just one of many “sponge” projects in China, a way to work with water instead of fighting it.COURTESY OF THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE FOUNDATION

3/15/2024 #urbanplanning #water

From Wired March 15, 2024:

The Designer Who’s Trying to Transform Your City Into a Sponge

Kongjian Yu pioneered China’s “sponge city” concept—less concrete and more green spaces to exploit stormwater instead of fighting it. Metropolises all over the world are following suit.

Your city isn’t prepared for what’s coming. The classical method for dealing with stormwater is to get it out of town as quickly as possible, with gutters and sewers and canals. But more and more, that strategy is breaking down: As the atmosphere warms, it can hold more moisture, spawning ever-wetter storms that overwhelm this creaky infrastructure. Your city was built for a climate of 100, 200, 300 years ago, but that climate no longer exists.

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