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).

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