Multi-use city square built to collect floodwater

Water squareFlooding has dominated many peoples lives the last few months, and a lot of questions have been asked about how the country can prepare and manage such extensive heavy rainfall. An article on showcases an urban project in Rotterdam:

The water square in Benthemsquare, Rotterdam is a public space featuring a sports pitch, theatre and greenery that automatically becomes a reservoir for excess water during heavy rain.

Rather than keep water tanks and canal systems hidden from view, the square has been designed to make it clear that the three basins are also reservoirs, with the drainage chutes clad in conspicuous stainless steel and even including decorative detours around the square.

When it rains, water from the top of the surrounding buildings is directed first into the smaller basins, then into the sports area when they are full.


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