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Mapping Sponge Cities in the Pearl River Delta

Related Staff : Dorothy Tang, Pat Xiao


Course code: 4715/7343

Course Title: Mapping Sponge Cities in the Pearl River Delta

Following the deadly Beijing Floods in 2012, discussions in urban planning and design shifted to alternative solutions for urban flood management in existing cities, especially in the context of increased storm patterns due to climate change. President Xi Jinping announced a new urban concept—the Sponge City—at the 2013 Central Working Conference of Urbanization (中央城鎮化工作會議) that changes the current instinct to move rainwater immediately from the cities through pipes and drains, to creating spaces that absorb rain like a sponge to lessen urban floods downstream. In 2016, thirty pilot cities received significant central funding to retrofit their drainage infrastructure through this new program.

This course follows the Sponge City Movement in the Pearl River Delta and understands landscape as a receptacle where socio-political processes and technological experiments of watershed governance are physically inscribed in the spaces and materiality of the city. Following an introduction in Hong Kong regarding the theoretical and technical aspects of landscape infrastructure, students will visit pilot Sponge City projects in Shenzhen and Guangzhou to study how the implementation of this alternative form of infrastructure impacts everyday urban life.

Projects include:

  • The Fragmentation of Sponge City Planning
  • The Study of Nanshan District Land Use and Sponge Design System
  • Impact Assessment of Sponge City Urban Renewal
  • Design for “Sponge-city”
Enlarge Photo: 01_Typology of Sponge Implementation_PANG Tze Yung Kity, CHAN Ka Ying May-01Enlarge Photo: 02_Section AA'_PANG Tze Yung Kity, CHAN Ka Ying May-01Enlarge Photo: 03_Section BB'_PANG Tze Yung Kity, CHAN Ka Ying May-01Enlarge Photo: 04_Ecological Sensitivness of GuangMing_FUNG Yan Angelica-01Enlarge Photo: 05_SpongeCity Development Leader Group_PANG Tze Yung Kity, CHAN Ka Ying May-01Enlarge Photo: 06_MappingCity in Nanshan District_Chan Tsz Wa, Cheng Kwok Cheong, Ho Yu Ming, Or Chun Hin-01Enlarge Photo: 07_LandUse in Nanshan District_Chan Tsz Wa, Cheng Kwok Cheong, Ho Yu Ming, Or Chun Hin-01
UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE