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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Kristoffer Holm Pedersen

Head of Business Development & Communications

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.

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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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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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Fundamentals

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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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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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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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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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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

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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