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Why should municipalities and business operations hire a landscape architect to strengthen their sustainability work?
We met with Gunilla Lindholm, associate professor in Landscape Architecture at SLU, to discuss the field of landscape architecture and its potential to influence and strengthen urban transformations and sustainable development.
Read the interview!
What happens when you add a landscape perspective to urban research?
A spatial and socio-ecological approach to urban research enriches the definition of the ‘urban’. Explore the new question on UrbanScapes and contact SLU Urban Futures if you have something to share/add to the conversation! 
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50th Anniversary of The Landscape Architecture Programme

The Landscape Architecture Programme at SLU turns 50 years in 2021. The anniversary will be celebrated through a series of roundtable discussions, campus events, a film and an overview of the development of the education over 50 years. Welcome to join in the celebrations!
Read more about the anniversary


Round Table Discussions
10 November 14:15-15:30

The landscape architects' journey with sustainability - the landscape architects' relationship to sustainability
Invited speakers: Nordic colleagues

16 November 14:15-15:30
The landscape architectures roles in an international perspective
Invited speakers: SLU Landscape’ honorary doctors

Climate Change Challenges and Ways Forward for Land Use

– We are going into a new era of loss and damage of human induced climate change, said Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at the SLU webinar that took place on 18 Oct.
Find the link to the recorded webinar and more information here.

What drives people's decision-making regarding climate change?

A recently published article entitled "DeveLoP - a rationale and toolbox for Democratic Landscape Planning" present a logical basis for and a toolbox for analyzing individuals' decision-making and values in the landscape.
Read more about this article
Photo: Kristina Blennow

Volunteered geographic information, urban forests, & environmental justice
17 November 15:00

Volunteered geographic information (VGI) has been heralded as a promising new data source for urban planning and policymaking. Welcome to the third webinar in the series about Urban Forests, led by Alec Foster, Assistant Professor at Illinois State University.
Learn more and register here
What are Urban Forests?  
Recorded webinar

If you missed the first Urban Forests webinar on 29 September with Prof. Cecil Konijnendijk, director at the Nature Based Solutions Institute, you can watch the recording of 'What are Urban Forests?' here.

Urban Voices  (on UrbanScapes)

A life on the margins? Living and making a living in an African slum

The slum remains politicised and socially marginalised despite being weaved into the spatial and economic fabric of the city. Cecilia Fåhraeus, PhD and lecturer at the Department of Human Geography at Uppsala University, discusses the geographies of slum dwellers’ livelihood activities using research conducted in Lusaka, Zambia, illustrating the initiative of these communities despite the hard realities they are faced with.
Read the feature
Recorded webinar: 
On 14th September 2021, SLU Urban Futures together with SLU Global hosted a webinar with international guests to explore the dynamics of rapid urbanization and environmental change in the context of informal settlements in the global south, asking how informal settlements form part of an inclusive and sustainable urban agenda.
Urban nature connects Europe and Latin America
By connecting researchers, policymakers, local communities and developers, the Conexus project is co-creating and evidencing solutions that are inspired and supported by nature. SLU is coordinating and running living labs in seven countries across Europe and Latin America with the purpose of building partnerships with local communities for the learning and sharing of Nature-based solutions. Learn more
Photo: Thomas Randrup
Nudging and participation can be combined for sustainable urban development
Nudging and participation are two popular strategies for changing people’s everyday practices. Researchers in environmental communication at the Department of Urban and Rural Development have analysed the two strategies and advocate a combination of the two.
Learn more (in Swedish)

Illustration: Joakim Lindmarker/Urban Minds
Urban greenery is the common denominator for SOL's new professor
In September, Marcus Hedblom started his new position as professor of landscape architecture with a focus on landscape management at the Department of Urban and Rural Development at SLU. Urban Greenery has been a common thread through most of his research.
Learn more (in Swedish)

Photo: Fredrik Funch
Josefin Wangel is awarded an IVA scholarship for her future studies in urban sustainability
The motivation from IVA (Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences) reads as follows: "John and Margaretha Aspegren's scholarship 2021 of SEK 100,000 is awarded to Josefin Wangel for her future studies in urban sustainability, where she boldly combines science, technology, design and the humanities."
Learn more (in Swedish)

Children's encounters with animals in everyday life
How do children and adolescents meet animals in their day-to-day life? In a report from SLU Future One Health a group of researchers has mapped current knowledge in the field.
To the report (in Swedish)

Photo: Emelie Stroh
ECLAS 2021 gathered 700 participants from 52 countries
This year's ECLAS conference (European Council of Landscape Architect Schools) was organised by the Division of Landscape Architecture at the Department of Urban and Rural Development and was held online 13-15 September.
Read more and watch the recording of one of the conference plenary sessions 

Upcoming events

- relating to sustainable urban development
  • 3-4 Nov - NAF/NAAR Symposium 2021 “Concepts of Transformation” Learn more
  • 9 Nov - Nudging och medborgardeltagande Learn more
  • 9 Nov - Att skapa gemensamma platser – ArkDes frukostseminarium Learn more
  • 9 Nov - Call information webinar: Positive Energy Districts and Neighbourhoods for Climate Neutrality, JPI Urban Europe Learn more
  • 10 Nov - The landscape architects' journey with sustainability - the landscape architects' relationship to sustainability - Round Table discussion, organized by SLU Landscape Learn more
  • 11 Nov - Design för energieffektiv vardag Learn more
  • 12 Nov -  Urban Forum - Practice meets academia  Learn more
  • 16 Nov - The landscape architectures roles in an international perspective -  Round Table discussion, organized by SLU Landscape Learn more
  • 16-18 Nov - Smart City Expo World Congress Learn more
  • 18 Nov - STRENGTHENING URBAN POLICY IN THE EU: Integrating the Principles of the New Leipzig Charter into the Urban Agenda for the EU Learn more
  • 18-19 Nov - International Conference on Urban Forestry and Forest Preservation Learn more
  • 19 Nov -  Urban Forum - Practice meets academia  Learn more
  • 23-25 Nov - EU Open Data Days - Shaping our future with open data Learn more
  • 24 Nov - Förtätning på rätt spår: #2 Hur påverkar barriärer tillgänglighet? Learn more
  • 1-2 Dec - POLIS Conference 2021, Gothenburg Learn more
  • 25 Jan - Utemiljödagen 2022 Learn more
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