TREDJE NATUR develops sidewalk tiles to capture and reuse water runoff

June 19, 2019 by  
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As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. And when it pours, streets flood. This causes problems with the infrastructure as well as foot and road traffic. Plus, flash floods wreak havoc on storm drain systems. One company has found a solution in the form of sidewalk tiles that absorb the excess water and funnel it to nearby foliage. This process not only diverts water from the walkways and streets but puts that water to use without the need for it to first travel through the wastewater treatment system and overwhelm sewers. Climate Tile is a product of Danish start-up company TREDJE NATUR , catching the attention of municipal decision-makers internationally. Copenhagen just installed the first 165-foot strip of Climate Tiles in an effort to reclaim water and also save the city money. Other cities have shown an interest in the new technology as well. Related: TREDJE NATUR proposes angled timber housing that meets UN’s sustainability goals The tiles work by creating a permeable surface, similar to the earth’s crust. Small holes in the tiles allow water to flow underground, diverting into man-made aquifers. The water can remain in storage for later use or be directed into nearby grass, plants and other landscaping . While the initial trial is encouraging, developers are watching and waiting to see the long-term performance of the tiles now that they are installed. With a real-life example to study, researchers are monitoring the tiles for how they manage different weather types throughout the seasons, weight loads, salting, wear, staining and more. The pilot project in Copenhagen has set the stage for what is possible with the Climate Tiles, but now the company is focused on finding a way to distribute the product to mass markets around the globe. With millions of miles of sidewalks across the planet, TREDJE NATUR is hoping to encourage other municipalities to incorporate Climate Tiles into urban planning . This is most effectively done during scheduled pipe and plumbing updates to minimize additional roadwork. Although the tiles offer cost savings in both water consumption and flood damage repair , the overarching goal of the company is to produce a long-term, sustainable solution for ongoing climate adaptations, so the tiles are given an estimated 50-year lifespan. + TREDJE NATUR Via Architectural Digest Images via TREDJE NATUR

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Detroit, Montreal and Lisbon see seamless connections, data as key to ditching solo cars

June 11, 2019 by  
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Simpler fare structures, apps that integrate public transit and private transportation services are at the center of the roadmap.

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5 things we learned about urban transformation

June 11, 2019 by  
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The participants in the WRI Ross Prize for Cities showed how innovative new visions for cities’ futures can be.

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5 things we learned about urban transformation

June 11, 2019 by  
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The participants in the WRI Ross Prize for Cities showed how innovative new visions for cities’ futures can be.

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These cities in red and blue states are accelerating clean energy

June 5, 2019 by  
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Movement from Albuquerque to Orlando is making an impact despite U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

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5 ways multi-use trail systems transform communities

May 21, 2019 by  
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Multi-use trails are an infrastructure asset for cities and communities — why aren’t we prioritizing them?

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10 questions for Walmart’s sustainable fleet leader

May 21, 2019 by  
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While the world’s largest company by revenue has been focusing on using data to make its truck fleet more efficient, it’s also been testing out electric cargo-handling yard trucks. So what’s next?

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What you need to know about the bold new building laws in New York and D.C.

May 14, 2019 by  
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The cities are tackling their largest source of carbon emissions. Here are the key differences, and why they matter.

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A tale of two cities, 2030 edition

May 6, 2019 by  
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A great migration forces an existential question for the modern metropolis: how might entrepreneurs upgrade urban living over the next 10 years?

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Turns out creating circular food systems is not as easy as pie

May 6, 2019 by  
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Key takeaways from our May 1 webcast about the state-of-the-market in circularity.

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