In July 2011, a cloud burst hit Copenhagen with 15 centimeters of rain in less than three hours, flooding cellars, streets, and key roads. The event is estimated to have cost 6 billion Danish Kroner in damages. Copenhagen’s sewer system is old, and it will be both too expensive and too difficult to expand the capacity of the existing system. Therefore the City of Copenhagen will now invest in new solutions, which will at the same time make the city’s urban spaces greener and better places to spend time.
Taasinge Square is an urban space in Copenhagen’s first climate resilientneighbourhood. The square is a green oasis, which both handles large volumes of rainwater and creates a place for the neighbourhood’s residentsto meet.
Climate resilience in Taasinge Square is about controlling and retainingas much as possible of the rainwater falling around the square. Diverting,evaporating and retaining rainwater from roofs and streets locally, delay the water flow to the sewers, and in this way ensures that there iscapacity in the sewer to cope with the torrential downpours of the future.Altogether, Taasinge Square can delay and percolate rainwater from asurrounding area of 4,300 m2.
In Taasinge Square terrain as well as vegetation is part of the resiliencedesign and is placed in an urban framework that provides space for localnature to grow willfully without appearing untamed. Rain, wind and sunare part of the rhythm of the city, and are seen and noted. Through aninvolvement process with the local neighbourhood, Taasinge Squarehas become a living part of the urban environment, and has helped instrengthening familiarity, community and a sense of ownership among thelocal residents. This engagement provides an ideal basis for the transformation of the whole neighbourhood of Skt. Kjelds, which is to become TheClimatic Quarter in Copenhagen involving resilient landscape design ofmore streets and squares in the future.
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