Today’s Solutions: February 23, 2024

The Optimist Daily is always curious about the latest ideas in urban development and design. In 2021, we’re expecting to see the completion of an exciting new project in the Danish capital in which a series of small artificial floating islands are being built and installed together within the Copenhagen Harbor in order to form a “parkipelago.” 

Dubbed the Copenhagen Islands, the idea is to replace some of the open space lost to growing urbanization by creating floating parks that encourage a variety of activities from picnics to kayaking. Each island is essentially a module built using traditional boat-making techniques in which thin strips of wood are laid across a frame made of steel and recycled boating material.

According to Danish design firm Studio Fokstrot, each module is approximately 215 square feet and features a single linden tree. To get to the islands, people can swim, kayak, SUP, or take a boat.

What makes the islands especially unique is that they were designed to welcome new marine life, with the submerged portion of the islands set to host seaweed. The bottom of the islands will also be perfect for small marine life such as mollusks to anchor onto, which will hopefully attract other animals to congregate near each module.

The goal is to have the Copenhagen Islands finished by the time summer arrives. When it does, we will give you an update on how the islands turned out.

Image source: Studio Fokstrot

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