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GREEN CLIMATE ADAPTION

TREDJE NATUR continues to build on the Copenhagen climate adaption plan, and joins the water investment with new strategies for nature, life and community in the city. The green climate adaption defines some simple rules that shows how to handle the many complex factors affecting the experience of the city’s climates and spaces, as inspiration for the future decades of climate adaptation.

Project information
Responsible partners: Ole Schrøder and Flemming Rafn Thomsen
Design team: Sofie Mandrup Andreassen, Lars Vinther Christensen, Ida Cecilie Lynggaard, Maja Aarup Hansen, and Astrid Jakobsen Kirk
Location: Copenhagen
Client: Copenhagen municipality – Technical and environmental department
Collaboration: PK3
Project period: 2013-2015
Type: Vision plan for green climate adaptation – development of Copenhagens green structures through climate adaptation.
Status: Completed

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A BLUE-GREEN METROPOLIS
The background for this vision is the technical and environmental department has to make a climate adaptation plan for Copenhagen municipality. This supports and coordinates the development of a greener Copenhagen when the municipality implements the climate adaptation plan.

The vision is based on Copenhagen’s cloudburst strategy that was implemented in 2012 and the following embodiment of the cloudburst solution. The embodiment of the cloudburst strategy has resulted in 7 geographical cloudburst strategies, that collectively makes up the foundation for a new cloudburst strategic infrastructure in Copenhagen. The cloudburst solutions include both cloudburst-wires beneath the ground and surface solutions such as cloudburst-roads and boulevards, rain delay boulevards, green roads and central rain delay elements. The purpose with the vision is to secure that there is a coordination between the implementation of the surface solutions and the development of the city’s green and blue structures.


The city’s green and blue areas play an essential role in the climate adaption plan of the city. This is both in connection to the storm water management and in relation to the improvement of the city’s microclimate – the climate which people and animals are exposed to in the local environments. At the same time it makes up the green and blue areas which are important resources for Copenhagen, the people of Copenhagen, and makes up a large part of the city’s urban life and social community.

The green areas are furthermore the living place for countless animals and plants, which plays a central role in the municipality’s work to preserve and improve the biodiversity of the city. The goal with the plan is to show how climate adaption of Copenhagen, the city’s wish of a more green and attractive city with a local community and physical activities, will be boiled down to one solution for them all.

GAME RULES
1. NEVER SOLVE ONE THING AT A TIME
2. NEVER SOLVE EVERYTHING AT ONCE
3. CREATE CONNECTIONS AND NETWORKS
4. THINK QUALITY AND ADDED VALUE
5. LOCAL UNIQUENESS

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HOW?
The Plan includes a potential connection and synergy effect between cloudburst-planning, climate adaption, green and blue areas, green connection and UHI. UHI, urban heat island, is the effect of it being warmer in the cities due to the buildings and pavement having a high heat absorption ability in comparison to vegetation, biodiversity, and recreative areas. City development projects are upgrades to a cooler city and urban spaces due to more blue and green areas.

The management of the planning with synergy effects makes sure that cloudburst strategic planning will have a bigger effect on a more positive urban life, biodiversity, city climate and the life quality of Copenhagen. The vision plan will be included as a part of the Technical- and Environmental Department’s other project planning.


Besides that the plan will work as a priority tool in connection to the implementation of the municipality’s cloudburst and climate adaptation plan, the vision plan includes many suggestions that will make sure that the existing culture, history, biological and recreative values area will be preserved. This partly ensures the implementation of the cloudburst strategy contributing to the development of Copenhagen’s green and blue structure. The vision plan is developed with an offspring of a depth mapping and analysation of the city’s many structure and layers where there are examined clutch dynamics and synergies between selected layers. Through a strategic selection there are selected 16 ground maps, which makes up the foundation for the vision plan.
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SYNERGY SPOTS
An ‘Acupuncture strategy’ with strategic interventions makes it possible to set the needle down where the effect will be highest. It is recommended to make large holistic approaches, which can handle diversity, and work as an urban life catalyst which will make a ripple effect and evolve towards the overall collective structure. The synergy spots occur when there is a merging of the city’s layers and there is a high potential to achieve a synergy effect and solution for added value. The main flow is for example along the green exposed areas and city developments where there is a great potential for green solutions with added value.

Here you can talk about a new type of urban nature that does not look at city and nature, building and biology to be opposites, but that on the other hand makes urban nature a vitalizing and inviting hybrid. A hybrid that creates a natural meeting spot for the citizens of the city. An inviting place for recreative and physical activities along with letting the urban nature play a central role in the climate adaptation in the city.

A COHERENT CITY
A coherent city is an expression for a city where there is a link between several layers of the city and focuses on the interdisciplinary collaboration. The goal is connecting the climate adaptation with the rest of the existing city’s green and blue areas. This will make up a connected blue and green structure throughout the city.

The purpose for doing so, is linking the municipality’s climate adaptation initiative with the development of the city’s blue and green structure and the green climate adaptation solutions will be a part of the city’s overall green network.

Climate adaptation is the main focus, and the goal is through managing the storm water there will be created a stepping stone for a greener city in holistic approaches and multifunctionality. The green and blue structures will be a part of the improvement of Copenhagen’s life quality, activating the citizens, create better health and socialization.

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VISIBLE CLIMATE ADAPTATION
There are great recreative potentials in the water. Here the blue areas in the city, harbours and lakes are experienced as blue commons with recreative values. By prioritizing the visible climate adaptation solutions there can be added more value to the city. Along with these green surface solutions there can be created a visible effect on the storm water management and have an impact on synergy effects on the rest of the layers in the city. Based on potential high impact rain flow roads and natural flow paths


there is created a coherent network of blue and green structures connecting the city. The topographical differences around the city requires different, specific solutions. The local management of the rainwater is highly prioritized at the same time as the overall structure of the system is strengthened. There has to be holistic and coherent approaches where the waterways are governing for the blue, green connections.

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GREENER CITY
Copenhagen is experiencing a population growth causing larger loads on the existing green and blue areas in the city. The goal here is that the percentage of green area for each citizen does not fall. This demands a development of green areas and connections. The goal is that the existing parks and nature areas will be linked together with green connections, which will establish a coherent structure across the bridge districts like the highways across the Copenhagen region – from the center and out. Here there will be new tales about an even greener Copenhagen though these broad structures.

The establishment of the green connections will be prioritized from area to area depending on the local challenges and potentials. It is recommended that in areas far from the public park there will be prioritized green connections due to the fact that closeness and access plays an important role in people’s physical activity as well as their physical and mental well-being. The local green areas will provide the opportunity for recreational and nature experiences in the everyday life. Just like they have a large influence on the value of nearby properties.

UNIQUENESS
Copenhagen is divided into 7 water catchment zones, where each of them hold different opportunities. Each zone has its own tale, challenges and potentials where they have to start from in the process of developing Copenhagen’s green and recreative areas as well as biodiversity through climate adaptation.

There are special and important points and large potential innovative layers in the zone’s uniqueness. Alongside improving climate adaptation of the city there will still be built on the existing areas. It is recommended that the catchment zones differences and identities are used actively in the selection of the individual solutions. There can be different strategies for the different catchment zones in regards to the green areas, existing nature values, storm water management, functionalities, maintenance, urban heat island effect, vulnerable neighborhoods, biodiversity, the degree of paved surfaces, polluted streets, construction projects, city development, etc.

The focus is on holistic solutions in the catchment zones as a part of the overall vision plan for a green climate adaptation with a local anchorage in the different zones unique potentials and challenges.

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Recent Work

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REDMOLEN TIP

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GREEN CLIMATE ADAPTION

TREDJE NATUR continues to build on the Copenhagen climate adaption plan, and joins the water investment with new strategies for nature, life and community in the city. 

ENGHAVEPARKEN NOW

THIRD NATURE won the climate and transformation competition for Enghaveparken! See how we have made space for 24.000 m³ cloudburst water in the park, that is in the process of becoming a preserved park. 

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ALMEGÅRD BARRACKS

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THE FIRST CLIMATE DISTRICT

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Recent Work

TRANSFORMATION OF THE BOULEVARD

THIRD NATURE and COWI have made a feasibility study for the City of Copenhagen, highlighting the possibilities and consequences of establishing a traffic tunnel below Åboulevarden

NEW ISLANDS BRYGGE SCHOOL

New Islands Brygge School has the potential to become a new and highly interconnected link between the harbor, the nature and the city

WATER CULTURE HOUSE

The Water Culture House integrates water activities with the cultural and popular everyday life by the harbor and creates unique and distinctive experiences

HYLLIE STATION BUILDINGS

We create a new and green gathering point in Hyllie that with a station building, housing and a station square strenghtens a livable, diverse and vibrant city life

POP-UP CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

THIRD NATURE releases a groundbreaking solution to major cities' challenges with flooding, parking and lack of green spaces

KUNSKAPSBERGET

With Kunskabsberget, TREDJE NATUR has designed an open, safe and flexible learning environment, with a clear local presence

VÆRLØSE AIRFIELD – SOUTH CAMP

Værløse Airfield has great potential for creating a grounded everyday life with nature at its core

SVANEMØLLENS BARRACKS

TREDJE NATUR have created a new masterplan for “Svanemøllens Kaserne” with an understanding of the areas special history as its starting point

URBAN CARPET – NEW STATION IN LUND

The station at Klostergården is a visionary infrastructural project that shows how the construction of a new station can lift up and rethink an entire neighborhood in a city

KRONLØBSØEN

In the heart of Nordhavn lies the historic port of Copenhagen, Kronløbsøen. A new island rising from the harbour as an alluring mirage

GUSTAVSBERG NATURE CITY

TREDJE NATUR has together with C.F. Møller and Rambøll come up with a new holistic vision for a close sustainable Gustavsberg from the basis of the place’s original and forgotten nature.

THE FUTURE SØLUND

TREDJE NATUR and C.F. Møller wins The Future Sølund. Along with Bascon, Transsolar and Smith Innovation they draw and will build one of the largest and most visionary residential projects seen in the history of Denmark

THE ISLAND OF THE CITY

Papirøen has a unique placement in at the inner part of Copenhagen harbour. There is a lot of potential on this prime location setting the bar high on the subject of Copenhagen future city- and nature developments.

BRIDGE IN SYDHAVNEN

TREDJE NATUR have designed a proposal for a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge in Sydhavnen

REDMOLEN TIP

TREDJE NATUR wins ambitious project on Nordhavn's best building site. On the tip of Redmolen surrounded by water on three sides, a prestige building and urban space is now in the making. 

CBS CAMPUS

CBS in the city - The city in CBS! Our dogma is about developing CBS as a campus that is integrated into the city

GREEN CLIMATE ADAPTION

TREDJE NATUR continues to build on the Copenhagen climate adaption plan, and joins the water investment with new strategies for nature, life and community in the city. 

ENGHAVEPARKEN NOW

THIRD NATURE won the climate and transformation competition for Enghaveparken! See how we have made space for 24.000 m³ cloudburst water in the park, that is in the process of becoming a preserved park. 

VINGE

Vinge is not just inspired by nature, it is a city which works with nature’s processes and creates nature.

BRYGGENS BASTION

TREDJE NATUR's plan revives Bryggens Bastion with green and blue elements as the central values in the neighborhood. A connecting corridor in the project becomes the neighborhood’s new hub.

AN EXTRODINARY CLIMATE CITY

TREDJE NATUR won 2nd place in the Middelfart Climate City competition, along with Entasis and Grontmij.

HOW | HOUSE OF WATER

TREDJE NATUR designs a collaborative platform presenting new solutions to future water challenges

ALMEGÅRD BARRACKS

Our winning proposal for the development of Almegård Barracks is based on a holistic, local concept where the main transformative force is found in the individual users and inherent qualities of the site.

BRIGHT BLUE VISIONS

Tredje Natur and PK3 think Copenhagen’s Harbor should be a lively, accessible, productive and recreational area in the city.

THE FIRST CLIMATE DISTRICT

The climate district in Østerbro shows the climate adaption of the future and the development of the existing city.