SLA is a nature-based design studio working globally with cities, nature, places, and people

SLA is a part of the exhibitions Mission Neighbourhood – (Re)forming communities with the project Gellerup: Mission Neighbourhood Plants and the exhibition Oslo in the Making with the project A City that Functions and Feels Like a Forest.

SLA is a nature-based design studio working with landscape architecture, sustainable urban design, and city planning. Founded in Copenhagen, they have for 30 years designed some of the most notable public spaces and masterplans in the world. From the offices in Copenhagen, Oslo and Aarhus, SLA designs cities, public space, and nature on all scales: From parks and plazas to city-wide masterplans and national biodiversity strategies. The studio currently has ongoing projects in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East. Everywhere the ambition and mission are the same: To design places for life. All life.

Gellerup: Mission Neighbourhood Plants

​​With the installation Gellerup: Mission Neighbourhood Plants, developed together with the inhabitants of the residential area of Gellerup in Aarhus, nature-based design studio SLA explores a new and extended understanding of what “neighbourhood” means: The relationship between humans, plants, nature, and all living organisms. In Gellerup, one of Denmark’s largest social housing estates, SLA shows how new nature, and the ecological idea of Neighbourhood Plants, can be used to create neighbourhoods for all life – places where new social and biological relationships can arise and thrive.

Helle Hansen, resident Gellerup
Aurelia Eldevig, resident Gellerup
Lars Skydsgaard resident Gellerup
Stig L. Andersson, Founding Partner, SLA Cecilie Overgaard Rasmussen, Communications Officer SLA
Kristoffer Holm Pedersen, Head of Communications, SLA Tine Gils, Plant Specialist SLA
Mia Thun, Landscape Architect SLA
Sebastian Andersen, Urban Designer SLA
E.C. Forfang, Architect SLA

A City that Functions and Feels Like a Forest

Reflecting SLA's concern with nature, the introduction of three large trees into the lecture hall of the former Munch Museum provides a place for contemplation and conversation. A natural rendezvous in the exhibition neighbourhood, A City that Functions and Feels Like a Forest aims to evoke a greater debate on how to integrate a new nature when planning the urban spaces of Oslo.

SLA Norway

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