The Rain is Coming
Water running into our basements has become something that many of us are familiar with. We need to get used to increasingly heavier rainfalls. And we need to adjust our cities accordingly. What is the best way to do that? And in the process of adapting our cities to the climate changes, can we create better cities too? The exhibition 'The Rain is Coming – how climate change adaptation can create better cities' showed us how we can avoid having our basements turned into swimmingpools, and how to create recreational urban spaces that are able to contain the rain water.
Foto: Kristian Ridder-Nielsen
The exhibition 'The Rain is Coming - how climate change adaptation can create better cities' took a closer look at how we can make sure our cities are ready for the changed weather of the future. The exhibition highlighted historical backgrounds and the challenges we face today, and it presented us with a number of solutions to handling water in urban landscapes in different ways.
Foto: Kristian Ridder-Nielsen
In 19th century Copenhagen, water ran freely in the streets, but since this was highly unhygienic, sewers were built throughout the city. Today, however, the sewers can't handle it when large amounts of rain fall in a short amount of time. The solution to this problem might be to handle the water on the city surface, in its green and grey recreational spaces where new systems can also be transformed into new recreational cityscapes.
Fremtidens klimatilpassede Frederiksberg. Illustration
As a community, we need to make big investments
in years to come to adapt our cities to climate change. 'The Rain
is Coming - how climate change adaptation can create better
cities' held the powerful message that when we adapt to
climate change, we can make better cities and increase the quality
of life in them. Instead of only thinking about expanding our sewer
systems, we need to develop new methods, new collaborations and new
assets to the city in order to adapt to the new reality of climate
change that we already feel the consequences of.
The Climate Tile
The architecture firm TREDJE NATUR has developed an innovative Climate Tile. Hear the people behind the Climate Tile explain how it is going to be used.
'The Rain is Coming - how climate adaptation can create better cities' is developed in a collaboration between the Danish Architecture Centre and Realdania.
The project is supported by COWI and the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management at the University of Copenhagen.
The project is created in co-operation with the Danish Nature Agency, the municipality of Copenhagen, Smith Innovation and Carlberg/Christensen.
In Sustainable Cities you can find a lot of best practice cases from all over the world that deals with sustainable handling of water in urban planning.
Singapore: Active living with clean water >
Singapore’s ambitious ABC plan for sustainable water management comprises clean water, rain water collection and recreational areas. One of the flagships is a dam, the Marina Barrage, which prevents flooding and offers a green urban space with lifestyle attractions. The development of rain water resources, among other things, also saves having to import water from neighbouring countries.
Onsevig/Lolland: A display window on climate adjustment >
When the flood waters hit Lolland on 1 November 2006 and entirely covered the village of Onsevig, a turning point was reached for the entire municipality. From that day, Denmark's fourth largest island realised how serious climate change was, along with the resulting extreme weather conditions. For this reason - against the background of the flooding and to secure the island's future existence and growth, Lolland was forced to think in entirely new directions from that day forward. Today, Lolland is well on the way to becoming an international display window on climate adjustment.
Cleveleys: Taking steps against flooding >
The new flood defence construction at Cleveleys, a seaside town in north-west England, uses a wave of concrete steps and wide pedestrian promenade to hold flood waters at bay, whilst allowing people to meander from the high street to the beach. Private investment initiatives and public engagement groups have joined together in order to share the ownership of the promenade and to manage a diverse array of commercial, leisure and recreational activities for both residents and visitors.
Roskilde: Storm Water Skate Park >
Climate change has encouraged and challenged designers of varying disciplines to develop exciting solutions to new problems. The most successful solutions tend to make our lives more enjoyable in modest fashion. With cloudburst rain-events occurring more frequently and resulting in extreme urban flood conditions, a high awareness has been given to the adaptation of drainage and collection systems throughout Denmark.
Last updated Friday, August 05, 2016