CLADmag issue4 2018

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CLAD People The Climate Tile can be adapted to any city that experiences problems with heavy rain Ole Schrøder and Flemming Rafn Thomsen founding partners, Tredje Natur PHOTO: HANS H BAERHOLM

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anish architects Ole Schrøder and Flemming Rafn Thomsen, through their studio Tredje Natur (Third Nature), have launched an

innovative paving slab aimed at improving rainwater management. The Climate Tile allows run-off water from roofs and sidewalks to be siphoned to where it can be used, rather than to simply drain into sewers, reducing the strain on water management systems in towns and cities. The interlocking tiles are fitted internally with a series of vertical and horizontal pipes that can direct water as required and be fitted with “plug-ins” to modify the use of each tile. Typically, water might be directed to roadside flowerbeds or herb gardens, where it can seep through soil gradually rather than washing over the surface.

Ole Schrøder (left) and Flemming Rafn Thomsen (right) want to help cities prepare for climate change

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