We strongly believe in a practice where research and development are for all. And we take seriously the fact that places for all life can only be created through interdisciplinary knowledge sharing and collaborations.
So, instead of having a Research & Development department, we have created a dynamic Research & Development network – that we can all step in and out of. We call this sLAB.
Through sLAB we ensure a tight bond between our research and our practice; a studio culture where sharing, continuous education, and employee-driven innovation are central; and that our staff’s collective experience and knowledge are made accessible in our projects.
sLAB is part of our work culture
With sLAB, we’ve created a work culture with room for continuous learning and sharing across disciplines. On a practical level, we work towards that goal by letting it be a formalized part of our everyday:
We read, sense, and explore together. We let challenges change hands to ensure a cross-pollination of our projects. And we dive deep into specific topics, when relevant for a project. This can be everything from soil conditions and materials to new solutions for climate adaptation and how to make the sound of trickling water mitigate traffic noise in the best possible way.
sLAB is research
Through sLAB, we also initiate and engage in numerous research projects: From internal white papers and cross-office innovation projects to external collaborations with universities, NGOs, businesses, and intergovernmental agencies.
Explore our research and development
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.
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’?
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?
Interested in doing a R&D collaboration?
Head of sLAB, Alexandra Vindfeld Hansen, organizes the sLAB network and manages our research and development partnerships.
If you are interested in learning more, she will be happy to hear from you.