Traditional Urban Construction Experience of Rainwater Utilization for Beijing Sponge Urban Construction Reference

Zesong Wei, Xia Wang, Xiran Ji


Throughout the history of Beijing urban construction, the rainwater utilization has been accompanied by the development of Beijing city. The rainwater utilization has a close connection with Beijing water system construction, landscape construction and the location change of city. This article reviewed the traditional experiences and wisdom of rainwater utilization in Beijing urban construction from Beijing ancient rainwater utilization’s dominant ideas, methods, technologies and other aspects. It also summarizes the methods and technologies of ancient rainwater guidance, storage, retention and drainage. These experiences and methods have an important reference and inspiration to modern Beijing sponge city construction.


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