A Matter of Biodiversity
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come explore the fundamentals of our office together with us
– The Book of Garden
Essay: The Bark Room