Nordic Master Class visits the first climate resilient neighbourhood in Copenhagen

Cities play a decisive role in accelerating climate adaptation as the world’s population is increasingly urban. Nordic cities are well on their way in this transition and are leading the way to a more resilient urban structure by having developed a remarkable and varied range of solutions to address global challenges.

The Nordic master class is a week-long course consisting of lectures and site visits with the aim of sharing the Nordic approach to sustainable development and sustainable urban planning by unveiling how cities can lead the way to a sustainable future. In May, the course welcomed a delegation of 11 representatives from the Chinese cities of Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen, connecting decision-makers, planners, businesses and knowledge institutions to Nordic solutions.

On 21 May, the Chinese delegation of senior planners and decision makers visited the Klimakvarter in Østerbro, which in 2014 became the first climate resilient neighbourhood in Copenhagen. The City of Copenhagen and SLA architects presented how the idea and planning of the neighbourhood came to be and how citizens were engaged to create a functional, resilient and green public space.

Integrating a climate adaptation plan

Copenhagen stands out as a world leader in sustainable urban transition through their strong focus on people and a legacy of collaboration. In the Klimakvarter in Østerbro, the City of Copenhagen is aiming to future-proof the neighbourhood against heavy rain and torrential downpours. Matias Hede, project leader at Copenhagen’s Centre for climate adaptation, introduced the master class to the city’s holistic approach to urban planning.

As the climate is changing, the City of Copenhagen has recently been dealing with extreme rainfall events, causing damages of several billion DKK and flooding basements as the sewer system was unable to discharge the water. But through the city’s new approach, water from downpours is now transformed from a problem to a resource. Until 2011, Copenhagen’s urban planning approach focused on liveability and transforming public spaces into green urban neighbourhoods by reconnecting the citizens to nature.

To integrate the Copenhagen Climate Adaptation Plan into their urban planning approach, the city had to consider more technical aspects to find solutions on how to manage larger amounts of water. As a solution, Tåsinge Plads was constructed as a “sewer on open ground”. This climate adaptation approach allows the area to control and retain as much water as possible in local detention until there is enough capacity in the sewer system again to discharge the water to the harbour.

The plan is covering diverse aspects on how to move the city towards carbon neutrality by 2025. It is considering urban challenges such as heavier downpours and higher sea levels and temperatures in the future, but it is also highlighting opportunities that come with the restructuring. Klimakvarter, built in correspondence to the climate plan, functions as an inspiration to the rest of Copenhagen.

Engaging the public at Tåsinge Plads

To build a resilient neighbourhood in Østerbro, the city cooperated with the utility company who also co-financed the project, in order to integrate the functional aspects into their urban liveability approach. Additionally, the city opened up a ‘local city renewal office’ with 20 employees and the aim to engage the citizens in restructuring the neighbourhood. Through social gatherings hosted by the office, citizens were asked to contribute with ideas and inspiration on how to make their neighbourhood more liveable and climate resilient.

The participatory approach of involving the general public in the designing stage of the neighbourhoods really resonated with the master class participants. 

“We also need a process to receive this concept and then to know what it really means. But the most important thing is to know how it really works and how to put it into action. When I do my projects in the near future, I will try to use this concept in our design and construction process.”

– Ms. Ying Haoqian, Senior Engineer, Shanghai Xiandai Architecture Engineering & Consulting

“I would like to use my own eyes and my own feet to get to know the city and the people”, she continued. The gatherings also served as a platform to bring together all stakeholders involved – citizens, the utility firm, the city and consulting firms – to adjust expectations and to create a sense of future local ownership. The project related not only to the Copenhagen Climate Adaptation Plan, but also to the Climate Resilient Area Plan for Østerbro, a plan covering the liveability aspects of the project and designed by the EIT Climate-KIC supported start-up Tredje Natur.

Building an ecosystem on Bryggervangen

After learning about the measures taken at Tåsinge Plads, SLA architects introduced the master class participants to their approach of integrating nature in urban planning on Bryggervangen and Sankt Kjelds Plads. Their approach creates modern, adaptable cities that inspire a sense of community and diversity through an innovative combination of nature, design, sustainability and technology. The urban planners aimed to create an ecosystem to enhance biodiversity in the city, which they defined as “city nature”, by integrating dead trees and plants, ponds, animals and edible berries representing the city’s landmark for bluegreen climate adaptation. In addition, the area can retain up to 500 m3 of water if needed in extreme weather conditions.

“We need a paradigm shift to achieve a resilient city and to achieve that, we need to work with the municipality.”

– Rasmus Astrup, SLA architects

The project was initiated by the Danish Business Authority and Nordic Innovation and arranged in collaboration with Quercus Group and EIT Climate-KIC Nordic. The master class delegation from India will arrive in Copenhagen on 16 June for their week-long course in Sustainable Urban Development. 

 
Location
Denmark
Articles you may be interested in
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Eight Nordic cities hosting Climathons in 2019

On 25 October, cities around the world are participating...

Eight Nordic cities hosting Climathons in 2019
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Open Innovation Call: Exploring power peak shaving as enabler for resilient ne...

For decades the focus in energy system transformation has...

Open Innovation Call: Exploring power peak shaving as enabler for resilient neighbourhoods
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Mitigating the impacts of Arctic warming

At this year’s Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík, Iceland,...

Mitigating the impacts of Arctic warming
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC will play a prominent role at the C40 World Mayors Summit in C...

Climate change and the booming urban population pose major...

EIT Climate-KIC will play a prominent role at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, 9-12 October 2019
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Winners of the Open Innovation Call in NYC and finalists of Call in CPH announ...

With the UN Climate Action Summit as backdrop, New...

Winners of the Open Innovation Call in NYC and finalists of Call in CPH announced
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Hacking the way to smart energy solutions

On 29 September 2019, students, young professionals and entrepreneurs...

Hacking the way to smart energy solutions
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Too good to go – 10+2 start-ups make it into the Nordic Accelerator

5-6 September marked the 4th edition of our biannual...

Too good to go – 10+2 start-ups make it into the Nordic Accelerator
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
The wind of change blowing in Lund

During the second round of the EIT Climate-KIC Journey...

The wind of change blowing in Lund
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Six Circularity City award finalists presenting their circular products at Nor...

Six finalists have been invited to showcase their circular...

Six Circularity City award finalists presenting their circular products at NordBAU
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Open Innovation Call targeting air quality and urban heat island effect launch...

The City of Copenhagen’s department Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions within...

Open Innovation Call targeting air quality and urban heat island effect launched in Copenhagen
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
The Northern Path – Journey summer school exploring Finland

A new set of change makers set out on...

The Northern Path – Journey summer school exploring Finland
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
First EIT Climate-KIC Journey Community Summit held in Hamburg

The first ever EIT Climate-KIC Journey Community Summit was...

First EIT Climate-KIC Journey Community Summit held in Hamburg
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Vision Journey embarking on their path in Copenhagen

How can young students and professionals be part of...

Vision Journey embarking on their path in Copenhagen
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Circularity City Product Award competition launch

We are happy to announce the launch of the...

Circularity City Product Award competition launch
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Climbing high in Copenhagen

Climbing a 50-meter-high still-operational wind turbine is not something...

Climbing high in Copenhagen
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
WCEF 2019: The challenges and potential of circular procurement in cities

The increasing population growth and urbanisation intensifies the pressure...

WCEF 2019: The challenges and potential of circular procurement in cities
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Female entrepreneurs and start-ups take the stage in Bornholm

Male entrepreneurs outnumber female entrepreneurs by a significant amount....

Female entrepreneurs and start-ups take the stage in Bornholm
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Unlocking the Alternative Protein Market at EAT Forum

EAT-Forum 2019 – Climate-KIC and Forum for the Future...

Unlocking the Alternative Protein Market at EAT Forum
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
New Open Innovation Call targeting air quality and urban heat island effect la...

EIT Climate-KIC in collaboration with The Mayor’s Office of...

New Open Innovation Call targeting air quality and urban heat island effect launched in New York City
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC at World Circular Economy Forum 2019

EIT Climate-KIC is playing a prominent role at the...

EIT Climate-KIC at World Circular Economy Forum 2019
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
17 EIT Climate-KIC solutions listed in MI 100 Global High Impact listing

13 EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator start-ups and 4 EIT Climate-KIC...

17 EIT Climate-KIC solutions listed in MI 100 Global High Impact listing
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Copenhagen welcomes city delegates from China and India for Nordic Master Clas...

Liveable and sustainable cities are vital to global well-being....

Copenhagen welcomes city delegates from China and India for Nordic Master Class
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Access Cities – using Open Innovation to create sustainable urban changes

Right now, cities all over the world are grappling...

Access Cities – using Open Innovation to create sustainable urban changes
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Students joining forces to address climate change

Three months ago, a group of engineering students at...

Students joining forces to address climate change
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Aqua Robur secures Horizon Prize for zero power water monitoring

EIT Climate-KIC supported start-up Aqua Robur has won the...

Aqua Robur secures Horizon Prize for zero power water monitoring
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Parkergies announced winning solution of Open Innovation Call

On Friday 12 April an Open Innovation Day following...

Parkergies announced winning solution of Open Innovation Call
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
New report cements wood as the future of construction

In a new report, 25 examples of using wood...

New report cements wood as the future of construction
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
EIT Climate-KIC launches new Open Innovation White Paper

Open Innovation in the form of for example case...

EIT Climate-KIC launches new Open Innovation White Paper
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Enhanced co-operation on the path towards Zero Emission Construction Sites

Around 50 experts with the common vision of transforming...

Enhanced co-operation on the path towards Zero Emission Construction Sites
CLIMATE-KIC NORDIC NEWS
Ten new cleantech start-ups battle their way into our Accelerator

Our Accelerator Spring Intake Boot Camp came to a...

Ten new cleantech start-ups battle their way into our Accelerator