Climate action

Working globally with nature-based climate adaptation, we ensure that the solutions improve living conditions for all. We combine an innovative, interdisciplinary mindset with extensive know-how to deliver state-of-the-art nature-based climate action in cities all over the world.

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Bjørn Ginman

Project Director, Landscape Architect MAA MDL

Over the years we have led the design and realization of several award-winning climate adaptation projects.

We strongly believe in dialogue and human-driven approach to adapting life in cities to the new climate. We guide our clients and collaborators in how to use nature to future-proof cities and communities, with our deep knowledge of ecosystem services, climate adaptation, and human behavior.

We work with climate adaptation of all kinds. From livable flood- and stormwater-protected harbourfronts. Lush, nature-rich, vibrant climate-adaptive urban spaces and parks. To reduction of extreme urban temperatures with cooling, biodiverse parks, and streets.

We operate globally in various climate conditions. Our starting point is always thorough analytic research of the climate and biodiversity, combined with an anthropological analysis of social life to achieve a hyper-local and holistic understanding of site opportunities.




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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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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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“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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“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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– 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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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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“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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