As cities become more crowded, there’s less room for open public spaces. There are more cars, with less space for parking. And with storms intensifying due to climate change, cities have to think about what to do when existing infrastructure can’t handle the deluge, and these are only a few of the challenges facing cities in the coming years.
But a new concept from the Danish architecture and urban design firm Third Nature offers a single answer to all three problems. Called Pop-Up, the concept proposes an underground reservoir for water overflow with a parking structure that literally floats on top of it. On sunny days, the parking structure is entirely submerged below the ground–and the space on top can be used as a public park. But on rainy days, the parking structure rises up out of the ground as the reservoir fills up with water.
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