Sponge Cities

Flooding at the Whitehall Street station, New York

New York City Plans To Boost Resilience Against Floods

How the city is taking action on green infrastructure and stormwater projects to protect neighborhoods from the rising risk of catastrophic flooding.

April 17, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Balicasag Island, Philippines

Can 'Ocean Cities' Become the Societies of the Future?

Futuristic, eco-friendly cities can be greener and more eco-friendly, thanks to better use of natural resources.

April 25, 2018 - Kayla Matthews

Urban Gardening

How Urban Planning Is Changing in the 21st Century

Thanks to innovative advancements in permeable pavements and vertical farming, modern urban planning takes an action-oriented approach that retains its traditional focus of meeting residential needs.

February 14, 2018 - Kayla Matthews

China Bridge

Chinese 'Sponge Cities' Will Capture Rainwater

Existing grey infrastructure in China cannot cope with rapid urban expansion and frequent droughts and floods. Several cities, with Beijing's approval, are experimenting with rainwater capture methods as an alternative.

July 13, 2015 - Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E)

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