Anthropological research & community engagement

SLA helps companies, municipalities, housing assosiations, and citizens improve their quality of life. We offer anthropological research and facilitate community and user engagement. We turn human understanding into a nature-based design that empowers the quality of life in cities and communities. We are specialized in the relation between humans and nature.

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Cecilie Jessen Hansen (Maternity leave)

Anthropologist

With anthropological methods, we offer social baseline analyses of the present social life, before development. Urban life should not only be measured by the number of people, but by the quality of their lives. Hence, our social baseline analyses are both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Our anthropologists and sociologists combine deep knowledge of human behavior, with extensive user engagement to give our clients a true and fair fundament for a human-centered development.

Our team is trained and skilled in facilitating community engagement, and we specialize in visual, textural, and oral communication to all users.

We turn our learnings from the social baseline analyses and community engagement into the human-centered design.

Finally, we offer to monitor the social life, after realization. This gives our clients a fair overview of the social value gained by the investment.

 

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The six most important things to know about butterfly habitats

The butterflies are in decline worldwide. In Denmark alone, every fourth butterfly is endangered. This is a result of the lack of habitats and pronounced use of pesticides and fertilizers following the intense agricultural use in the open landscape. However, cities have great potential to become oases of biodiversity, as it is easier to assign space and create suitable habitats for biodiversity in urban environments. This article introduces the six most important landscape and design parameters that must be considered if the butterfly is to be attracted as a permanent resident or frequent visitor.

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City nature is not nature

“City nature is not nature. City nature is something we humans design to solve the urban problems we have created ourselves. City Nature is about correcting 1,000 years of urban delusions that have separated the built and the grown (…)” says design director and partner, Stig L. Andersson, in this debate post, where he commends the government’s proposal to demand more and better city nature.

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Back when Earth turned green

Mosses were some of the first living things to make the Earth green more than 400 million years ago. In Denmark, there are about 650 species of moss, and the stories they tell are worth listening to.

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Fundamentals

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Mist

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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Sound

“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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Sakuteiki
– 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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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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Roots

“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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Atmosphere

“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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White

“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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