Copenhagen’s Plan To Survive The Effects Of Climate Change
Parks that turn into ponds and water tanks will help this costal city prepare for heavy rains
For the uninitiated, Tåsinge Plads looks like a traditional square: Patches of green grass are interspersed with copses of freshly planted trees. Children are running around futuristic upside-down umbrellas, turning what used to be 7,000 square meters of unused asphalt into a lively crown jewel of the neighborhood.
But there is more to this idyllic image. The square is Copenhagen’s first climate change-adapted urban space that can handle large volumes of rainwater, relieving city’s overburdened sewage system. The space is divided into three sectors with different functionalities: Solskrænten (The Sun slope), Regnskoven (The Rainforest) and Torvet (The Plaza).