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City Nature

  • Auditorium, National Gallery of Canada 380 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G8 Canada (map)

We’re excited to open Ottawa Architecture Week 2019 with a Forum Lecture. Since 1969, the Carleton Azrieli School of Architecture Forum Lecture Series has been an inspiring Ottawa staple, introducing architects, designers, and the general community to the leading architectural thinkers of the day.

This year, Forum Lecture and OAW welcome the esteemed Rasmus Astrup of Copenhagen-based architecture firm SLA. Astrup is the recent winner of Nordic Built Cities Challenge Award – Scandinavia’s largest and most prestigious architecture competition.

In his talk, City Nature, Rasmus Astrup will discuss new ideas for urban spaces including integrated urban design, climate adaptation, and social cohesion. He will present SLA’s winning proposal THE SOUL OF NØRREBRO, which uses nature-based climate adaptation solutions to create new hydrological, biological and social ecosystems for Inner Nørrebro. This proposal builds upon Inner Nørrebro’s unique qualities and spirit – from the quiet beauty of Assistens Cemetery to the busy, urban life on Rantzausgade and Nørrebrogade. This integrated urban design and climate adaptation project proposes a robust “city nature” that averts flooding while creating a series of new, green urban spaces. The project also finds innovative ways to include the local schools in the development of “city nature". It introduces a new natural solution which utilizes city’s nature biotopes to clean the waters of the Copenhagen Lakes. In his Lecture, Rasmus Astrup will present a series of SLA’s other projects currently being completed in France, the US, and Asia.

To learn more: Nature-based Climate Adaptation Wins Scandinavia’s Biggest Architecture Award

This event will be held in Auditorium of the beautiful National Gallery of Canada.

In a typical Forum Lecture Series style, the 60–minute lecture will be followed by an informal Q&A session.

Both OAW and Forum Lecture Series welcome the general public as well as architecture and design professionals to attend this exciting discussion.


Rasmus Astrup

Rasmus Astrup is a partner and design principal of SLA, a renowned Danish landscape architecture consultancy. SLA’s projects have a strong emphasis on biodiversity, sustainability, ecosystem services and the transformative potential of landscapes. Rasmus Astrup leads SLA’s biggest international projects and currently works in US, China, Paris, Italy, and the Middle East.

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SLA creates modern adaptable cities that inspire community and diversity through innovative use of nature, design, sustainability and technology. The firm’s projects solve some of today's hardest urban problems while creating genuine life quality for all. Based in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Oslo, the firm’s employees form a multidisciplinary architectural lab that constantly strives to challenge and expand the boundaries of public space, city planning and landscape architecture. Drawing on its strong Nordic roots, SLA are currently working on numerous projects in Europe, Asia, North America and the Mid East.

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Forum Lecture Series

The Forum Lecture series is a long-held tradition of the school. First initiated in 1968 and popularized in the 1980s and early 1990s the lecture series is an inspiring event, introducing the Carleton community to leading architectural thinkers of the day. Held during the academic year, approximately one lecture is held per month from the end of September to March. —

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