Collecting and mining data lies at the heart of making cities smarter and cleaner places to live. Copenhagen’s Street Lab is a living demonstration of the latest technology at work
At first glance, the heart of Denmark’s capital city resembles every other buzzing metropolis: tourists tirelessly shoot pictures, harried workers dash between buildings; families enjoy picnics on handy benches; trash is thrown into Copenhagen’s iconic green garbage bins; and lines of cars snake their way along the main thoroughfares.
Underneath the ordinary progression of life, however, hums a large infrastructure of new technology, all with the purpose of saving energy by making the city infrastructure more operationally efficient and helping people live cleaner lives ...
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First there was district heating, now there is district cooling and in Copenhagen it comes from seawater
Heavier cloudbursts, rising sea levels, more flooding. This is the outlook for many urban areas. City councils, architects and engineers are responding to the challenges of a wetter future by looking at ways to adapt the urban landscape rather than expanding traditional underground drainage solutions. The approach saves money and creates better urban spaces.
Turning muck into money is no problem for this sewage treatment plant, which produces more energy than it consumes.