Most municipalities and housing associations have recognized the importance of attractive urban spaces and the public realm in socially challenges neighborhoods. Our behavior and co-existence are affected by our physical outdoor environment.
At SLA we believe that nature holds the ability to affect all of us in a positive way. It stimulates our senses. Makes us aware of each other and our surroundings. And it makes us care. Along with robust architectural interventions and space design, nature can play a key role in creating better communities.
Our anthropologists and sociologist are a central part of our engagement in communities all over the world. We use their wide knowledge and deep insight into human behavior to infuse our strategies and design, so we ensure that our work has the intended impact on all humans.
We work together with a variety of housing associations and a wide range of multidisciplinary advisors and consultants, to provide the best, knowledge-founded guidance and design for communities and cities of social equity.
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.
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.
Small town values: When villagers drive the development
How do citizens – and not just municipalities and experts – drive the strategic development of villages?
Come explore the fundamentals of our office together with us
– The Book of Garden
Essay: The Bark Room