Rising weather extremes constitute an increasing challenge for urban design. Sustainable rainwater management systems are indispensable in order to maintain the quality of life in cities and reduce the burdens caused by climate change. These systems ensure that valuable water resources are allocated sensibly, especially during periods of drought, and that drinking water is saved.
In cooperation with IAA Architekten AG and various planning experts and with the involvement of the Municipality of Raalte and civil society, ACO has developed an intelligent tree irrigation system that uses sensors to automatically irrigate tree beds as needed.
The first public project came about as part of the redevelopment of the centre of the Dutch municipality of Raalte. The objective was to increase the quality of living and the attractiveness of the town centre around the central Grote Markt and De Plas squares.