From Copenhagen Urban Lab 2018
By Martin Zoffmann
While others were enjoying the hottest summer in decades, eight young professionals, all below 35 of age and with a common interest in urban resilience, were working hard to develop new solutions to well-known problems: Risk of flooding caused by climate change.
Following a successful first-timer in 2017 and organized by Ramboll together with IWA, Young Water Professionals, Water in Cities, HOFOR), and the City of Copenhagen, Kamstrup, The Copenhagen Urban Lab 2018 took place 5-14 – this time with a key challenge of building concepts for storm surge protection in Amager Strand (beach area nearby the city centre of Copenhagen).
The Lens is a visual tool that provides a method for capturing, understanding, and balancing the set of present and/or future core values unique to a coastal region. These values are then used to guide the coastal adaptation planning and design process for a holistic outcome. The Lens is structured in the form of a Ven Diagram between the three broad principles of sustainable development: Social, Economic, and Environmental. Each of these principles are represented by five core values, which serve to aid the local application of the Lens.
Inspired by the informative presentations from experts across the City of Copenhagen, the Urban Lab Team summarized their findings into five values for each of the pillars of sustainability (social, economic, and environmental). These values were also compared to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and were vetted by the team internally – utilizing the knowledge, experience, and various perspectives of their international and multidisciplinary expertise.
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