The role of landscape architecture in sponge city: Case study of Melbourne, Australia

Qing-Juan Yang, Ross Allen, Meredith Frances Dobbie

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Because of the serious water-related problems, Chinese government advocates building sponge city which could be seen as the Chinese term for sustainable stormwater management. The authors argue that sponge city planning, design and implementation requires strategic and specific contributions from the Landscape Architecture discipline which need to get itself prepared. Exploration
of the concept of WSUD, its application in Melbourne, Australia, and the leading role of landscape architects, the ascriptive role and achieving role of Chinese landscape architecture are analyzed and suggestions based on the request of different category of role are made to help the landscape architecture preparing for the sponge city.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-78
Number of pages5
JournalZhongguo Yuanlin
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • landscape architecture
  • sponge city
  • water sensitive city
  • ascriptive role
  • achieving role

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