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Preventing storm surges with interdisciplinary methods  


In a two-day hackathon, Gottlieb Paludan Architects and DHI will test new working methods and develop integrated solutions to the challenges of rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events.

In order to create a more realistic and tangible case, the City of Copenhagen and CPH City & Port Development have agreed to present a task and be a sparring partner for the interdisciplinary teams. The project therefore takes its point of departure in concrete challenges in the capital with protection against floods.

A hackathon is an innovative method where interdisciplinary teams attempt to solve a concrete challenge through a short and intense process and produce many different possible solutions within a short time.

At Gottlieb Paludan Architects, we believe that it is necessary to think innovatively, in order to cope with both rising sea levels and the growing number of inhabitants Copenhagen will experience in the future. This means, among other things, that we have to move away from thinking in silos and instead work across disciplines and cultures to develop sustainable and profitable solutions. The hackathon is therefore an attempt to generate ideas for the future’s smart urban development by creating integrated solutions for complex climate challenges. 

GPA and DHI’s hackathon took place on 25-26. October, 2018.