Water flows across municipal borders and traditional division in the building industry demand a change in the way we plan and build our cities, and the way we work together to adapt to increased rainfall and extreme weather events. Climate adaptation is a big challenge to overcome today, but also an opportunity to innovate and collaborate across fields and interests.



IBF and ACO Nordic

City of Copenhagen

Malmos A/S

Technological Institute



Smith Innovation


The Market Development Fund





Based on a cross disciplinary partnership and collaboration betweenarchitects, drainage technicians, technical researchers, a philanthropicassociations and consultants, a new scalable tile system and climateadaptation solution aimed at densely populated cities has been developed. The shape of the tile mimics the traditional tile as found on Copenhagen sidewalks, making it possible to fit it in the existing framework. Butat the same time the tile introduces a set of additional capabilities suchas treating water in a purely technical manner and celebrate water as avaluable resource.

The Climate Tile supports the natural water circuit by a simple processthat manages the rainwater from roofs and sidewalks and ensures thatthe water runs to the right place e.g. to plant holes and water tanks. Itcan catch and redirect 30% of the projected extra rainwater falling dueto climate change, and thereby prevent overloads within the existing drainage infrastructure. The project is seen largely as an inclusivesolution in synergy with both roads, bike paths, signage, urban furnitureand town squares, and it contributes to the growth of an urban natureand improved microclimate, which generates added value for the urbanresidents.

The partnership has been crucial to the development of this tile system,contributing to climate action by innovating existing infrastructural elements and making them climate-change resilient by handling wastewaterin a more sustainable way for e.g. irrigation systems and other needs.

The Climate Tile
The Climate Tile
The Climate Tile
The Climate Tile
Location of The Climate Tile
Location of The Climate Tile

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