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Architecture fighting climate change

Architecture can reduce the climate footprint and protect buildings and urban areas against climate change. Climate change calls for stronger initiatives in the building and construction sector – both to promote broader use of sustainable solutions and to make our buildings and cities more resilient to climate change. 

The climate around us is changing at an unprecedented pace, and we are experiencing increasing temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events. Architecture can reduce the climate footprint and protect buildings and urban areas against climate change. Climate change calls for stronger initiatives in the building and construction sector – both to promote broader use of sustainable solutions and to make our buildings and cities more resilient to climate change.

We have collected a number of cases on how Danish Architectural Firms uses planning, architecture and the landscape to create value with less impact on the climate and to protect Danish assets against climate change. The cases illustrate how green architecture in different ways implement innovative solutions and prompt us to ‘think new’ in the green transitionFor example, in Copenhagen you will find the Climate Tile, a pavement system for collecting and recycle rainwater to be used as a positive resource. At Novo Nordisk Nature Park biodiversity is a genral motif. The park has minimum operating costs and moreover collects the rainwater that falls in the park area and runoff from the surrounding buildings. In a small coastal city, a climate-proofing wall protects the city and local against high tide caused by storms and has turned the harbour area into an exciting public space. 

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The Climate Tile 

Using rain as a resource. Developed for the sidewalks and urban spaces of the future. 

The climate tile can handle both the effects of climate change and create new experiences in the city. The tile is a system of paving tiles that collect and reuse precipitation, so that the water collected can eventually be used as a resource. An invisible climate solution that doesn’t interfere with pedestrians or with the urban landscape. 

Photo: Tredje Natur

FACTS 

Location Copenhagen
Function Water Discharge
Completed 2018
Architect THIRD NATURE

 

Novo Nordisk Nature Park 

Biodiversity in Bagsværd. Lush nature, insects and dead trees adorn one of Denmark’s most successful companies. 

Biodiversity is a general motif in the Novo Nordisk Nature Park, where employees can enjoy a whiff of fresh air among the trees and the gently winding paths. The park has minimum operating costs and moreover collects the rainwater that falls in the park area and runoff from the surrounding buildings. The landscape is resilient to climate change and provides added green value and significant financial savings. 

Cover/Photo: Torben Petersen


FACTS

Location Bagsværd
Function  Natural Park
Completed 2014
Landscape SLA Architects
Collaborators Henning Larsen

Le Mur

Climate-proofing gives local anchorage. Le Mur protects Lemvig against high tide caused by storms. In everyday life it creates life at the harbour 

The Le Mur flood-protection works have saved the harbour town of Lemvig at least DKK 30 mill. in repair costsBesides protecting Lemvig during high water levels of up to 210 cm above normal, Le Mur serves as a meeting point and resting area at the harbour. The wall has been constructed from concrete and can be closed with steel gates when a storm is imminent.  

Photo: Kontraframe

FACTS

Location Lemvig
Function High-water Furniture
Completed 2012
Architect Hasløv & Kjærsgaard Architects
Engineer COWI, Grontmilj

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