Copenhagen Redesigns City for Stormwater Management (and then some)
A month before I arrived in Copenhagen in the summer of 2011, I watched news footage of the worst flood the city had seen since at least 1955 (when systematic flood measurements began). It cost the city over $1 billion USD.
The same year, Copenhagen failed to earn the European Green Capital award despite pristine performance across the board of sustainability indicators except one; public green space.
Copenhagen is now rolling out a new plan to address its challenges of both stormwater management and insufficient green space.
Note: Darth Vader on a Segway in the last image. Well played, municipal architects.
haha i was just about to mention the segways in the renderings!
nice that they now design for rain/flooding, too. more architectural/design renderings need to include images of days when it’s not so sunny and pretty.
It’s interesting to see that in places like Copenhagen, biking is so ubiquitous, people see bikes as a handy tool, like a lawn-mower or a vacuum cleaner, and don’t really identify themselves as bicyclists. In a way, they’ve transcended the cultural question on an individual level, though bicycling is certainly part of the larger identity of the city. — Martha Roskowski on urban cycling culture. (via thisbigcity)