The Copenhagenize Current - Rainwater Trench for Extreme Rainfall

The Copenhagenize Current

Climate Change in Copenhagen is clearly defined. The city - as well as other parts of the nation - suffer from torrential rain that our sewers were never designed to handle. What if we use existing space beneath the cycle tracks on main streets in affected areas to create high volume rainwater trenches? After which we will cover them with modular, lightweight panels on which the bicycles can continue to roll. They would simply replace the existing bicycle infrastructure. The conceptual model would not be necessary on every street, only on important stretches in high-impact areas, allowing water during cloudbursts to flow freely towards reservoirs and onwards to the harbour.

Cheaper and more efficient than many of the other climate adaptation ideas that have been proposed.

Year: 2015
Category: Design, Infrastructure
Client: TBA