Living in a new climate

Facing the accelerating climate changes, we need to ask: How do we create future societies that are not only safe but actually livable for all? We need to approach the changing climate as a vital resource for people, cities, and nature, by using the inevitable climate investment as an opportunity to improve all life.

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Bjørn Ginman

Senior Lead Designer, Project Director, Landscape Architect MAA MDL

The smartest cities, the bravest clients, address the changing climate as an opportunity to improve society. We believe that climate adaptation is not only about managing and protecting. Rather it’s about using the climate impacts such as rising sea levels, increasing rainfall, higher temperatures, fierce winds as a resource for improving all life in cities and societies.

Our climate adaptation projects are never isolated masterpieces. Instead, they form a continuous ambition of vital places, using the changing climate as a life-improving design driver. With deep knowledge of nature, people, and cities our nature-based design both targets and benefits from the changing climate.

We have designed and realized numerous climate adaptation projects, ranging from flooding protection, rainwater management to regulation of temperatures in urban heat islands.

We work with a wide range of professions and the world’s leading engineering companies to deliver innovative nature-based design for life in a new climate.


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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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How to fight the climate emergency with nature-based design

How can we design nature-based solutions when mitigating our cities and societies against climate emergency?

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City Nature
A definition

City nature is not just a whim of fashion. A completely new form of nature in the city is what can best, cheapest and fastest clean up all the mess  we have created for the planet with our built order, says Stig L. Andersson.

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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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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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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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– 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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“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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“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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