The green city of tomorrow

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Green spaces and trees should make heavy rain and heat in the city more bearable.
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Heat and heavy rain are becoming increasingly difficult for city dwellers. Designers respond with natural upgrades: planted rooftops and urban forests.

by HARTMUT NETZ

It is shortly after four in the afternoon of July 27, 2016 when the fire brigade declares a state of emergency for Berlin. The thunderstorm front that will take the city by surprise this afternoon will bring raging winds and torrential rain. The storm passes quickly, but then entire streets in the east of the city are under water. Neighborhoods with a high degree of sealing, such as Wedding or Prenzlauer Berg, are particularly hard hit, where residents sometimes have to wade through knee-deep water. Both neighborhoods are…

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