What will happen when the built and the grown environment meet to create a whole new city?
The City of a Billion Pines presents a nature-based vision for Beijing's development. The aim of the exhibition and the symposium is to provide us with a concrete understanding of what a city can be when nature becomes a complementary part to the built environment. Thus, a complete city.
"The City of a Billion Pines" also invites guests of the exhibition to adopt the exhibited trees, which will later be planted out in the Chinese metropolis. In this way, the citizens of Beijing can take action and work together to create the future of their city.
The City of a Billion Pines is part of a new initiative called ‘A New Welfare’, developed by SLA Architects, a platform for dialogue and collaboration in continuation of on the SLA curated Danish participation to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014 called 'Empowerment of Aesthetics’.
What is urban nature? How can it contribute to climate adaptation, and why do we need it in our built environment? The City of Copenhagen asked Mike Ameko Lippert and SLA to facilitate an interdisciplinary think tank to discuss and define Copenhagen’s green identity and climate adaptation plan based on city urban. The think tank included experts from different fields such as biodiversity, urban ecosystems, rainwater management, architecture, behaviorial science and citizen involvement.
As a result of the think tanks work, we conceptualised 'The Copenhagen Model’ on how to use nature based climate adaptation as a frame for Copenhagen’s entire cloudburst plan. The Copenhagen Model is based on ecosystem services that ensure that all of nature’s inherent utility values and amenity values will be present in all of Copenhagen’s 300 cloudburst projects that will be carried out in the comming years. We also developed a set of recommendations that is to ensure the implementation of *The Copenhagen Model' in a complex municipal administration.
SLADNA was implemented in the award winning climate adaption proposal for Hans Tavsens Park (2016) and in proposals for Fredens Park (2015) and the pivotal project in Copenhagen's Climate Neighbourhood, Skt. Kjelds Square & Bryggervangen (2015). Read the entire SLADNA in the acclaimed 'Cities of Nature' magazine, conceptualised and edited with our assistance.
A welfairytale is when lifestyle, consumption and growth go hand in hand with sustainability and social consideration. Welfairytales are stories about what we are good at in Denmark, namely to act holistically with an eye for both the human factor and the global implications.
Welfairytales was more than a traditional exhibition pavilion. It was an opportunity to try out the city life that we are talking about. You could jump on a city bike and meet the Danes, their lives and dreams. You could let the children loose on the nature playground. You could enjoy an organic picnic and dip your toes in the water by The Little Mermaid.
With Welfairytales, we wanted to show that welfare is not just about wealth. It is the opportunity to live a life that is humanly as well as environmentally coherent.