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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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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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City Nature: It's how it feels and functions. Not how it looks.

Themes such as nature-based design, biodiversity, and green cities are becoming more and more popular. But what do we actually mean when we talk about ‘city nature’ and ‘quality of nature’?

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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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Small town values: When villagers drive the development

How do citizens – and not just municipalities and experts – drive the strategic development of villages?

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An interdisciplinary approach to terror prevention

Why is it important to address the threat of terror through an interdisciplinary design approach?

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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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