THIRD NATURE

Country: Denmark 🇩🇰
Founded: 2012
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Company description

ABOUT THE CLIMATE TILE

Climate change is pushing the boundaries in our cities. The Climate Tile is a scalable climate adaptation tool that rethinks sidewalks as water management systems. The main component is essentially a hybrid between a concrete tile, an intelligent water pipe system and a permeable surface. The tile’s purpose is to positively answer the climate change challenges, whilst creating new adventures and green, urban spaces in our cities.

WATER MANAGEMENT

Technically the Climate Tile can catch and redirect 30% of the projected extra rainwater coming due to climate change, and thereby prevent overloads within the existing drainage infrastructure. By being a positive addition to cities’ drainage system the damages caused by heavy rain are highly reduced, while the need for rainwater filtering decreases. The Climate Tile is 795 x 620 mm and is organized with a modular system where you can replace one tile instead of digging up an entire sidewalk. The scaling potential of the product is comprehensive. Only in Copenhagen we have more than 700 kilometers and New York has 20.000 kilometers of sidewalks. The climate tile allows the water to run down into an integrated and underground water handling system. The tiles are peppered with a system of holes, tunnels and ridges that collect and manage rainwater, funnelling it away from sidewalks - where it can cause damage - to a preferred use like irrigating nearby plantings. The system thereby reintroduces the natural water circuit and urban microclimate comfort by using trees and plants directly as hydraulic recipients.

ADDED VALUE TO OUR CITIES

The Climate Tile develops and couples traditionally separate functions. With the development of The Climate Tile, future sidewalks will collect and manage water, whilst contributing to the growth of an urban nature and improved micro-climate. Thereby the tile generates added value for the citizens and raises the level of life quality and general health within the city. The project is seen largely as an inclusive solution in synergy with both roads, bike paths, signage, urban furniture, town squares, urban nature and more.

PILOT SIDEWALK AT NØRREBRO

A pilot sidewalk for the Climate Tile was inaugurated in September 2018 in front of the café Heimdalsdgade22 in Copenhagen, to the delight of guests and residents in the street. The sidewalk not only contributes to the street’s climate adaptation, but it also adds further qualities to the street in terms of trees and planting, spaces for stay and a more beautiful surface.

ABOUT THIRD NATURE

THIRD NATURE is a Copenhagen based office, consisting of 25 qualified and ambitious architects, landscape architects and constructing architects specialized in the fields of hybrid buildings, climate adapted landscapes and urban planning. With a unique hybrid look at the city, we explore new sustainable paradigms for the interaction between city, landscape, houses, types of settlement, climate and general community development.

Within the name, THIRD NATURE, lies a strong belief and agenda to merge buildings and biology into a new city-nature typology. By eliminating the border between city and landscape, we create a symbiosis centered on making a sensuous and meaningful everyday life in the city. THIRD NATURE aims to make a real difference, where we design with the climate, with nature and with a design that goes beyond aesthetics - high quality of life in cities is not achieved by solely looking at buildings, sustainability, aesthetics, solutions, cities or biology alone. THIRD NATURE tries in every project to show and encourage the world with new positivistic approaches and ideas to deal with future urban challenges.

The solution

The tile is scalable and can be adapted to any dense city globally that is experiences problems with heavy rain. The Climate Tile is a hybrid solution and it develops and couples traditionally separate functions. With the development of the tile, future sidewalks will collect and manage water, whilst contributing to the growth of an urban nature and improved micro-climate, thereby generating added value for the citizens and raising the level of life quality and general health within the cities. It works in synergy with both roads, bike paths, signage, urban furniture, town squares, urban nature and more. The solution is relevant for any city wanting to offer liveable urban spaces for their citizens.

PILOT SIDEWALK AT NØRREBRO

A pilot sidewalk for the Climate Tile was inaugurated in September 2018 in front of the café Heimdalsdgade22 in Copenhagen, to the delight of guests and residents in the street. The sidewalk not only contributes to the street’s climate adaptation, but it also adds further qualities to the street in terms of trees and planting, spaces for stay and a more beautiful surface.

Impact description

While the tile creates natural circuit for the water, handles the rainwater and adds nature to our streets we are also working on a tile that reduces both the climate impact and resource consumption.

We are collaborating with the Technical University of Denmark where we are working on upcycling brick waste as cement replacement in concrete used to produce the Climate Tile. The purpose is to reduce both the climate impact and resource consumption. This is only one project of others, where we work towards a 2.0 version of the tile with a lower carbon footprint. Read more here: https://www.tredjenatur.dk/en/2018/07/third-nature-and-dtu-collaborate/

What sector is the business involved in:

Construction

List of regions the product is present outside the base country

  • Nordics
  • Europe
  • Americas

Stage of the solution

MVP

Looking for

Software Development, Business Development, Sales, Finance/funding, Legal, Partnerships with Public Entities, Partnerships with Corporates

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