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CLIMATE ALLEY

The timeless urban square environment shows what it would be to live in  vigorously in the city and nature

We see the flowering of an artistic, scientific, socially diverse nature-city, in a tactile society where opposites are aggregated in the city’s neighborhoods. A neighborhood that is a timeless, contemporary statement about what it means to live in city and in nature. Welcome to Copenhagen. Welcome to the Climate Alley.

Project information
Responsible partner: Flemming Rafn Thomsen
Design Team: Anna Sissela Michalsdotter, Laura Wedderkind Bank, Malene Krüger, Jakob Sandell Sørensen, Karolina Julia Pajnowska, and Max Moriyama
Location: Outer Østerbro, Copenhagen
Client: Copenhagen Municipality and Områdefornyelsen (Areal renewel?)
Team: Orbicon, Technological Institute and TagTomat
Project period: 2015
Responsible: Project manager
Type: Prequalified competetion. Read more (Text in Danish)
Status: Completed

Climate [klahy-mit]
The composite of the regional weather conditions, such as the temperature, air pressure, humidity, precipitation, sunshine, cloudiness, and winds over the year. Typically there is taken an average over a certain amount of years.

Alley [al-ee]
Road, street, narrow passage passing a contentious row of houses, 


NATURE CITY
Human’s first, primitive dwellings were cultural oases in the great, wild nature. This is the foundational paradigm from which the language of the city and self- understanding begins. It is all too easy to define the city, as the diametric opposite of nature. The ambition of the Climate Neighborhood, is to create ‘Copenhagen’s Greenest Neighborhood’ by focusing on ‘wild nature’. We see a tendency towards a hybrid understanding, where one could say that culture is an expression of how we as a society relate to nature. In the future, the model for urban development will be deeply rooted in city’s ability to connect our daily lives to nature.

THE EMPATHIC CITY
Østerbro is a nice neighborhood, and flooded basements will probably not change this in any drastic way. That which can be changed, is the general consciousness about climate change and the larger questions about what kind of world we would like to give our children. It is necessary to act in a conscious manner because we can show what individuals can do to better the world through urban spaces, and ensure the neighborhoods of Copenhagen their position of power in society by reaching the ambitious goals of the ‘Climate Neighborhood’.

It is important to activate the city in a sensory way and create an ethical framework which create scenarios in which people can observe functional and characteristic changes in the city, which leads to reflection about these changes. It is therefore critical that our design works with  social and sensory optimization, to make people aware of the consequences of our actions.

CLIMATE NEIGHBORHOOD
The ambitions have always been high in the St. Kjelds Neighborhood Renewal. Through a competition for young architects, called ‘The Last Bridge Neighborhood’, they created a vision for the first climate neighborhood. The vision was a response to the historic cloudburst of 2011, which warned us of the necessity for multifunctional urban spaces. We have unfolded this transformation within our vision.

CITY AS A METAPHOR
Like all the other neighborhoods of Copenhagen, the St. Kjelds neighborhood refers to other places and eras. One street name refers to a manor somewhere else in Denmark, another is a reminder of a no longer existing village that was swallowed up in Copenhagen’s development. ‘Bryggervangen’ refers to the area that was used by the brewers of Copenhagen for grazing and harvesting hay. In this way Copenhagen accumulates stories from this lost place, but also points to which types of nature and culture the city has pushed out and how the city can create new stories and real, non-metaphorical experiences.

If the Climate City is an actual warning about the new paradigm for the streets of Copenhagen, then an ambition should be to do away with the metaphorical thinking and show that we can shape cities without damaging nature, how we can have a multipurpose use of rainwater and how we can both methodically and freely unfold the needs of the city and the dreams of the residents.

HEALTHY, SENSUAL AND VISIBLE
Klas Tham, the main driver for the development of Bo01 in Malmö, points out that in retrospect, cities of the future are optimised for the limbic system. The limbic system is an area of the brain that controls memory, emotions and our instinctive actions. Therefore, it is a story about how the city is shaped and that it should reflect the optimal framework for society, and create the optimal mental state for its residents.

According to research from the past 20 years, nature is here to stay in the city. Nature in cities increases both general well-being and public health. There are measurable benefits of having green areas outside your windows, and a connection between time used sitting and life expectancy, make it clear that we would have shaped the city in a different way than it looks today.

CLIMATE ALLEY (climate street)
With these two perspectives in mind, the transformation of ‘Bryggervangen’ is especially interesting. Our team has worked with a special solution we call ‘Copenhagen Climate Street’, which could be used as a standard typology for similar streets, that must be adapted to lead rainwater in the next 20 years according to the Copenhagen climate adaptation plan. We have aimed to present solutions which could be inspirational to the rest of the city and the rest of the world.

We are just now beginning to understand how comprehensive this task actually is, so we have purposefully thought of scalable solutions that can be locally adapted in Østerbro. It will be a greener, healthier, and socially mobile city. It will show how city culture and Jan Gehl’s ‘human scale’ can be combined into a more performative, green scenario.


THE PROJECT
The project area spans approximately one kilometer from Kildevældsparken in the north to Fælledparken in the south. The team has aimed for an integrative design where cars, residents, biology, and movement are combined in an urban synthesis, that recognizes all of the parameters in our climate street and urban spaces. From the beginning, the vision for the Climate Neighborhood has been to unite the neighborhood and give it a holistic expression. Therefore, we have aimed for a site specificity which includes both streets and squares.

‘Bryggervangen’ is created to have optimal access for pedestrians and spaces with connected sidewalks along all the building facades. The eastern side of the street is dominated by recreational areas and urban spaces. The sun will shine on these areas from the early afternoon to bedtime. The 6-8-and 10 meter wide band varies between blue, green and sidewalk elements, which weave in and out of each other to accommodate space needed for pedestrians, relaxation, community gardens, front gardens, bicycle parking, sidewalk cafes, and exercise. Parking spaces are generally concentrated on the western side, and optimized by use of angled parking spaces. The large trees between the parking spaces, interrupt the line of cars. Cars and cyclists share the road.


Cyclists are prioritized in scenarios where the road is narrowed to make space for a green elementThe street is recognizable in the neighborhood because it appears very green from all of the side streets. It thereby changes ‘Bryggervangen’ from a focus on transportation, to a space which acts as an invitation for interaction and experiences. The Climate Street thereby reaches an overall characteristic of a slow flowing network with varying activities which are rooted into the city’s valuation of livability.

Every element is placed in a pragmatic fashion and optimizes all parts of the area. Every element expresses actions and movement. The street gives the impression of traffic reduction. It is optimized for low speeds and safe for bicycle and pedestrian movement. The green canal is another element which expresses its function, controlling stormwater and flooding, and the separation of roof and street runoff. The green canal, leads water along biodiverse installations, formed for intimacy, quiet, social gatherings, sustainable uses, bicycle parking, and access zones for the apartments and mixed into a holistic expression. Each canal is systemized and optimized to show a holistic expression based on the local context.



SKT. KJELDS SQUARE
St. Kjelds Square is 100 hectares and is the meeting point of 7 streets. There is an intense focus on the soft and green elements. The square is therefore restructured from a dominant, subdivided roundabout, to a large green, easily accessible area, divided by a cross form. This will reduce the effect of traffic on the space, and create a large, green gathering point. Design-wise, the team worked with the topography, natural elements, the effects of water, to make a visible, robust, and multinational sidewalk extension.

Surface optimization creates increases the value of the site because a hilly, urban landscape creates a diversity in planting, movement, and possibilities for gatherings and events in the area.

The terrain is raised towards the road so there is a spatial, visual and auditory relationship between soft users to ensure the optimal balance between local spatial quality and the through traffic. We expect that we can keep the trees in the area, and would like to include local citizens when planting.

The four cardinal directions of the area each have their own local identities and display water in different ways. ‘Bryggervangen’ is a clearly defined green corridor, that runs across the square. The square is bound together by lighting, that hangs over the intersection like a night sky, and enforces the square’s importance and centrality in the neighborhood.



LANDSKRONA SQUARE
The area near Landskrona street will be the local green square. It will be completely transformed from its asphalted past. There will be space for a random encounter with one’s neighbor, or as a play area for kids to run and play. The adjacent, over dimensioned Askøgade, Landskronagade and Lange-Mullers gade, are narrowed, so that Landskrona Square becomes more central and visible in the intersection, improving its visual connectivity. The narrow Landskronagade will have a different surface where it is crossed by the other streets, emphasizing the square. Askø is one of the best places in Denmark to grow apples.

 Therefore this street will be lined by fruit trees. The rain canal along ‘Bryggervangen’ spreads out and winds through Landskrona Plads. The increased amount of green area makes it possible for water infiltration in the southern end of the square. The infiltration area feels like a wet meadow. The water canal will wind its way through the sedges and meadow flowers. The square is bound to the existing sidewalk by allowing the Copenhagen sidewalk to continue through the square.  The sidewalk is interrupted by grates in the places where the water canal intersects it.

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