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Weekly Roundup 084 – 1st October to 7th October


UDC Weekly roundup‘Soak it up: China’s ambitious plan to solve urban flooding with ‘sponge cities’?

Authored by Anna Leach

Being the most populous country on Earth, China has been at a greater risk due to flooding. Climate change has altered rainfall patterns, bringing in more rains in summer.Water Shortage has also added to the complexity of the problem.Chinese government has decided to tackle these changes by rolling out a pilot program called Sponge Cities Program.
Water sensitive and low impact strategies are being planned initially in 16 cities.But how far does this program actually benefit and combat climate change?

Read the whole piece here.

Published by Guardian Cities


Extreme City-Climate Change and the transformation of the waterscape
Published by Universita luav di Venezia

Climate change has caused more urban disasters in the recent times. The urbanised lands along the waterscape is where the maximum risk is located. The publication is part of a research based design program trying to address the changes in water spaces in the Venetian Lagoon due to climate change.Lessons are drawn from sprawling city connecting the main coasts of Taiwan, Shanghai irrigation plains, Dutch coast,etc.
The book throws light on the need for a comprehensive and systematic approach rather than fragmented and elitist ones. Mitigation-adaptation or resistance-resilience?The research makes us to ponder upon urban water spaces from a wider perspective and also encourages us to tap into scientific and ethnographic tools available outside of known architecture vocabulary.

Read the publication here.


Building resilience for water in a city- an example from Bengaluru,India
Created by Zenrainman

Cities across India are grappling with water shortage due to excessive urbanization and improper care of our natural water resources.Zen Rainman tells us how cities can build water resilience by taking the city of Bengaluru as an example.
Traditional agriculture water bodies like the Jakkur Lake are reimagined with have waste water treatment plants.This treated waste water can help increase potable water supply to the city.Zen Rainman states that “decentralised integrated urban water mangement is the way forward”.


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