Cities - 18/June/2018

Positive thinking

Vejle, one of Denmark’s largest towns, has decided to work with, rather than against, the water that surrounds it and the increased threat of flooding from climate change through projects focused on environmental and social goals

Once known as the Manchester of the Nordic region because of its vicinity to water and rich textile industry, Vejle is today an example of where not to place a city. Located in a valley, surrounded by hills, an inlet and three rivers, Vejle gets hit by water from above, from below and from the sides during cloudbursts and storm surges, which are becoming fiercer and more frequent as a consequence of climate change. “Water is our DNA. No matter what we do, this is a factor we have to consider,” says Lisbet Wolters, city architect for the municipality of Vejle. ...

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