Advancing rainwater harvesting systems to help mitigate the urban flooding problems in China
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With the acceleration of urbanization in Nanjing, China, urban flooding problems are becoming more and more serious. In order to help mitigate the urban flooding problems, this thesis aims to identify a suitable and artful rainwater harvesting system for application in Nanjing, China. Successful contemporary rainwater harvesting systems in other countries are explored, as well as the historical rainwater harvesting systems used in China. The concept of an artful rainwater harvesting system is discussed, and a set of design principles from classical Suzhou gardens is proposed to guide the aesthetics of rainwater harvesting in Nanjing. Additionally, integrating Low Impact Development (LID) methods with the rainwater harvesting system to achieve maximum utility is explored. Lastly, a conceptual design for a residential area in Nanjing, China, offers examples which can be used to guide future designs.