|Overview: Sponge City|
|Definition||A city that is designed to passively absorb, clean and use rainfall.|
|Related Concepts||Rain GardensResilient CitiesRoof GardensPassive Design|
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What is a Sponge City?
John Spacey, updated on August 15, 2016
A sponge city is a city that is designed to passively absorb, clean and use rainfall in an ecologically friendly way that reduces dangerous and polluted runoff. Associated techniques include permeable roads, rooftop gardens, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, green space and blue space such as ponds and lakes. Properly implemented a sponge city can reduce the frequency and severity of floods, improve water quality and allow cities to use less water per person. Associated strategies such as green space can also improve quality of life, improve air quality and reduce urban heat islands.
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