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Klimakvarter will transform Østerbro to the greenest urban district in Copenhagen and the first climate adapted city area in Denmark.
IN THE FUTURE WE WILL GET MORE RAIN, HIGHER SEA LEVELS AND WARMER WEATHER. KLIMAKVARTER IS ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE BY USING BLUE AND GREEN ELEMENTS IN THE URBAN SPACE, WHICH WILL MAKE COPENHAGEN AN EVEN GREENER AND MORE ATTRACTIVE CITY IN WHICH TO LIVE. AYFER BAYKAL, MAYOR OF THE TECHNICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ADMINISTRATION, THE CITY OF COPENHAGEN
THE IDEA BEHIND The approach of Klimakvarter is to view rainwater as a positive – and visible – element in the city. The project sees rainwater as a resource that should be showcased, not as a hazard to be flushed away underground. By retaining rainwater above ground in green reservoirs, swales and storage tanks, rainwater becomes an active part of a neighbourhood’s urban identity and residents’ lives. Children will be using rainwater at playgrounds, while parents tap storage tanks to water plants. Klimakvarter aims to solve the technical problem of a sewer system being too small to handle the increased amount of rainwater due to climate change with positive elements such as parks, swales and resilient urban spaces. Awareness of rain as a resource is created, along with bigger incentives to create resilient neighbourhoods among the citizens.