Thinking

Sharing knowledge, thoughts, and innovation is central to us. We push boundaries to make people wonder and imagine a new way forward. We initiate and engage in research projects: From internal white papers, perspectives, and research studies to external development projects and collaborations with universities, NGOs, businesses, and intergovernmental agencies.

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Line Agnes Bjørløw Skjærlund

Head of Business Development, Associate Partner

As founder and creative director of SLA, Stig L. Andersson questions the way we live and plan cities and communities of today – and has done so for the past 30 years.

With Stig as a trailblazer, we aim to make people wonder, widen their perspectives, and change their mindsets. This is exactly the ability of nature: it can change the way we act, live, and approach the world – because it daily reminds us that we are part of it.

This applies to all our nature-based work – from landscape architecture projects to temporary exhibitions and published perspectives. We challenge all to use their senses and question their mindsets. We continuously share our thoughts in various ways: design and execution of exhibitions and master gardens. Academic writing and lectures at leading academies all over the world. As active members and initiators of international professional networks.

Perspectives

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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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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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Fundamentals

Come explore the fundamentals of our office together with us

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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