A Matter of Biodiversity

We are all part of nature. We rely on nature, and nature relies on us. How we live, and everything we do is affected by nature and have an impact on nature. Therefore, nature is an asset. Biodiversity enables nature to be productive, resilient, and adaptable. Biodiverse nature is the fundament for all life on our planet. Therefore, our future is a matter of biodiversity.

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Line Agnes Bjørløw Skjærlund

Head of Business Development, Associate Partner

The smartest cities, the most ambitious and enlightened clients, include biodiversity and nature as an inherent part of our society, along with infrastructure, buildings, industry. We believe that if our future cities shall be livable, attractive, and inclusive we need to incorporate nature and benefit from its ecosystem services. Let it be in parks, streets, urban spaces, courtyards – even on rooftops of utility services.

Our projects are founded on a biodiversity baseline analysis before and after development. Our clients need to know the state of biodiversity, to tell they are improving it. Hence, we have biologists that are specialized in biodiversity inside and outside cities. We give our clients an opportunity to approach the state of nature in a rational and scientific way – so the impact of city nature is documented and proven.

We also offer nature-based caring design, to make sure that biodiversity is amplified and grows stronger year by year.


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Rasmus Astrup: 'City Nature' - The 2022 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Lecture

In spring 2022, SLA partner and design principal Rasmus Astrup was invited to give the annual Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Lecture by the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.

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The Values of Nature:
A Need for a New Driver of Urban Development

Imagine your quality of life being just as dependent on urban development as on social media. What would that lead to?  The answer to that question depends on the drivers of urban development. 

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Our economies, livelihoods, and well-being all depend on our most precious asset: Nature

These were the opening lines of Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta’s report “The Economics of Biodiversity” and were also at the center of the conversation our CEO, Mette Skjold, had with Dasgupta at the UIA World Congress of Architects CPH 2023.

They agreed that we, as humans, depend on nature – not only as a source of resources and wealth but also as the foundation for our physical and mental well-being. We are not separate from nature. We are nature.

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“Atmosphere is a thin film of enclosure around our world. Without our vaporous, water filled atmosphere, life on Earth – or indeed life anywhere – would not exist. But atmosphere is also what you sense…

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– The Book of Garden

Sakuteki – The Book of Garden is a manual, a textbook for Japanese gardeners in the 11th century. This introduction sounds like this: “In making the garden, you should first understand the overall principles. According…

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“In the beginning was chaos. While the universe began to expand after Big Bang it also decreased in temperature. It became more and more ordered. With that order, the Universe changed its background colour toward…

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“Sound. The soundtrack of our lives often passes us by without us noticing. But I have begun noticing the poetry of the noises around me. The rhythm and the song of the poet. The calling…

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Mist is a phenomenon caused by small droplets of water suspended in air. Physically, it is an example of a dispersion. It is most commonly seen where warm, moist air meets sudden cooling, such as…

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“A tree consists of three parts: Its foliage, its trunk, and its roots. All three parts are important for the aesthetic feeling of nature. But of these three I find the roots most intriguing, most…

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Essay: The Bark Room

“Bark is both living and dead, growing and cracking, a shell, a protective layer and an integral part of the wood’s tissue. It’s the bark structure and the way it peels, which separates the different…

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