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Superdike
2017

Can Danish traditions of coastal leisure be not preserved, but augmented, in a future of uncertainty? Risk and vulnerability patterns collide to demand dynamic, flexible strategy planning for the 200-year future of Copenhagen. Demographic research reveals complex intersectional zones of demographic vulnerability (citizen wealth, density, and land ownership) with varying degrees of climate vulnerability. 

 

An offset superdike wraps and thickens around the highly engineered coastline of the Copenhagen Capital Region. A canal and wetland are created in the space between the existing coast and dike, creating three waterfronts. Sequencing leisure space development first triggers land value and in turn propels the widening of the dike as its property value increases. Water access and spatial justice is strengthened by perpendicular lots that stretch from both sides of the dike, ensuring that any pattern of subsidized and privately developed lots reach each new waterfront. 

Map in collaboration with Urbanism and Societal Change Studio, 2016

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