SGD conference explores water theme with UK debut for Danish expert SLA

Winner of the World Landscape Award of Excellence, Danish multidisciplinary landscape studio SLA will make its UK conference debut at the Society of Garden Designers Autumn Conference in November.

How the Soul of Nørrebro handles heavy rainfall. Image: SLA
How the Soul of Nørrebro handles heavy rainfall. Image: SLA
Chief executive of the award-winning practice, known for its contemporary and climate-friendly designs, Mette Skjold will discuss the studio's work including its award-winning £15 million nature-based adaptation of inner Copenhagen, The Soul of Norrebro.
Skjold will explain how the studio seeks to solve urban challenges through a multi-disciplined approach to water, at the event on 18 November at the Royal Geographical Society in central London. 
When it is completed in 2022, The Soul of Norrebro, which received the World Landscape Award of Excellence, will be a flagship example of how cities can deal with torrential rain to avoid flooding and create greener and more natural experiences for the community. 
SLA is made up of a biologists, designers, plant and eco-system experts, who specialise in helping to solve some of the most challenging urban issues such as air pollution, noise and water-management. 
Skjold said: "It is an immense pleasure for me and SLA to be speaking at the SGD Autumn Conference in London. As an international landscape architect working with nature-based solutions to today’s hardest urban problems, it is especially meaningful to present our approach in England – the home of the great landscape architect and gardener Capability Brown.
"Just like Brown, we at SLA work to equate the built and the grown environment.  Only when nature and city is not seen as each other’s opposite, but as each other’s prerequisite, can we hope to create true sustainable, livable and social cities of nature."
He will join garden designer Tom Stuart Smith, Andrew Ewing, one of the UK's leading water feature designers, award-winning garden designer Andrew Wilson and Phillip Johnson, one of Australia's leading sustainable landscape designers. Early bird tickets are now available. 

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