Luming Park in Quzhou, Zhejiang Province, a once deserted mismanaged landscape, has been transformed into a site of green architecture that features modern design, grounding in ancient Chinese knowledge of water systems. Led by Kongjian Yu, one of the world’s leading landscape architects and founding director of architectural firm Turenscape, the sponge city project has incorporated the agricultural strategy of crop rotation and a low maintenance meadow, complemented by an elevated floating network of pedestrian paths, platforms and pavilions. While presenting a biodiverse urban living site for the city’s inhabitants, its essence lies in capturing water and slowing down the process of drainage, making the reuse of water possible. As Yu has stated, “it’s important to make friends with water. We don’t use concrete or hard engineering, we use terraces, learned from ancient peasantry wisdom. We irrigate. Then the city will be floodable and will survive during the flood. We can remove concrete and make a water protection system a living system.” Read more..
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