Regenerating waters

May 2010


ENJOY!

May 28, 2010 5:58 PM
Christina Rasmussen

...MORE IDYLLIC EXPERIENCES ON THE NEW WATER LANDSCAPE

Turning the water issue into an urban quality.

  

ENJOY!

May 28, 2010 5:56 PM
Christina Rasmussen

...THE CHANGING LEVELS OF EXPERIENCES ON KRØYERS SQUARE

Aiming for consciousness and water to rise at the same time!

  

DREAMING ON TO DETAILS

May 28, 2010 5:45 PM
Christina Rasmussen

...IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SQUARE MORE INTERACTIVE WITH ENVIRONMENT AND USERS

Trees and plants become furniture or vice versa: energy-conscious, environment-conscious and fun!

Enclosures becoming kiosks, tourism information, Rent-a-bike store, city resilience museum...

Inspiration from the vegetal world just as the water-bike, ...AND PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION, "Dreaming further...the water city" section

  

...AND PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

May 28, 2010 4:43 PM
Christina Rasmussen

Luc Schuiten, a Belgian architect, has a vision about a Vegetal City, where transport in this chenillard also would be sustainable and CO2 neutral.  He takes his inspiration in the nature's logic and forms. Thinking in terms of Copenhagen as a water city, I propose the water-bike.

Imagine the canals as populated as the Italian city streets in the years of la dolce vita... Copenhagen aims to become again the most bicycle populated city: here is the vision of what that age could be in the days of Smukke byliv, meaning the beautiful city life.

See the PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ON CITY WATERS, "Proposal in site" section

  

 

 

COPENHAGEN'S MOVING WATERS

by Christina Rasmussen

CITY? Copenhagen - Denmark

A high percentage of impermeable surfaces, rise of sea level, heavier weather conditions, these are some of the increasing environmental stresses cities have to deal with. Water cities and settlements on coasts are highly exposed!


As Fransje Hooimeijer expresses in her publications, four phases revealing different attitudes toward water are visible through history: from passive and accepting, to defensive, offensive and manipulative. The last one stands for the last years engineer work done to canalize and control water in the city. The systems are too rigid and risks for collapsing is increasing with the environmental stresses.

The moto could then be: to answer climate problems and play with environment within its own rules. This would mean to aknowledge the happening of environmental changes and to integrate it in the urban development and design. This means a wadi-designed square and a new mobility alternative/plan, all connected to the city's most important element: water.


Here is my proposal for a more adaptive management of water, integrated in a plan for mobility and shaping resilient urban spaces into the city of Copenhagen.

PRINCIPLES AND ASPECTS?

In terms of resilience principles, stress will be put on carbon dependency reduction, systems diversity, infrastructure durability and design responsive to nature systems.

Ideas will be oriented towards light mobility (pedestrian and bikers), transit supportive planning and place-making, thereby supporting density, diversity & mixity, local sources and complete communities. Those are the considered urban design principles.

 
 
 
 
 

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