Mandaworks lectures in Luhacovice!

November 21, 2019

Next week, two of our team members travel to Luhacovice, Czech Republic to participate in an annual conference organised by the Czech Society for Gardens and Landscape Architecture, with this year's theme being 'The future is today'. This year's conference focuses on the contemporary trends in sustainable landscape architecture and design and seeks to find answers for how to cope with the impacts of global climate change. In their lectures, Martin Arfalk and Katerina Vondrova will showcase examples of our studio work that focus on sustainability and resiliency in urban landscapes. Read more about the conference here!

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MW prequalified for parallel assignment for Kromet in Gothenburg!

November 13, 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected to participate in the parallel assignment for development of Kromet block in Gothenburg, Sweden! Together with our collaborators from Henning Larsen, Kanozi, Eliath and Sweco, we will compete against three teams to come up with a design proposal for a waterside, mixed-use block that will offer innovative and sustainable solutions for its future inhabitants and visitors. The competition wraps up at the end of January. We are looking forward to an exciting challenge! Read more information about the assignment here!

Mandaworks in Print

October 30, 2019

Our work has been featured in a few magazines around the world recently, with some written contributions from former and current Mandaworkers. In Krawkow’s Architektura & Biznes, former Mandaworker Kinga Zemla has written a fantastic 14 page article titled ‘Urban Egalitarianism’. The article offers a reflection on democratic design through the lens our project work across Sweden and Finland. The magazine also featured our Sundbyberg project on the cover - Thank you and great work Kinga! The latest issue of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute’s Y Magazine, Danny has contributed an article titled ‘Stockholm’s Royal Seaport: Closing the gap between energy and urban planning’. In the article Danny highlights the ongoing work in the industrial port development to integrate urban and energy planning, and raises the need to think comprehensively when it comes to our cities and their growing energy needs. Get your copy on the newsstands today!

MW at Xi'an Eurasia University

October 16, 2019

Mandaworks is proud to establish a new friendship in China, this time with Xi'an Eurasia University, founded in 1995 in the city of Xi'an in Shaanxi Province. In a rapidly growing global world, we strongly believe in sharing of ideas and building bridges among all people, professionals and public. Martin Arfalk will lecture and participate in the studio for landscape architecture at the Xi'an Eurasia University, sharing the values and interests of MW. The lecture is being held on Tuesday 22nd of October, 2019 at the Xi'an Eurasia University. Looking forward to an exciting event!

Mandaworks is growing again!

October 09, 2019

Since the beginning of September, we have grown again! Over the last few weeks, we have welcomed two new team members into our Stockholm office - Toon and Emeline! Toon is from Diest, Belgium and is trained as a landscape architect. He studied Landscape Architecture at Gent University and has work experience working on projects both in Belgium and Sweden, focusing on technical building plans and water management. Emeline has joined Mandaworks as a junior architect, kickstarting her professional career as an urban designer. She has moved from Toronto, Canada where she has previously studied at Ryerson University's School of Urban and Regional Planning to Lund, Sweden in 2017 to study Sustainable Urban Design. We are excited to welcome both Toon and Emeline to the team and are looking forward to develop amazing projects together!

We are looking for a landscape architect!

October 07, 2019

Come and be part of the MANDAWORKS team in Stockholm! We are searching for a project-oriented and dedicated landscape architect with an eye for design that is looking to run projects together with our multifaceted team of designers. Our ideal candidate is a Swedish-speaking landscape architect with at least five years of experience that loves dynamic, playful and holistic design! Read more about the recruitment process here and get in touch!

Mandaworks at Urban Forum in Ottawa, Canada!

September 23, 2019

On Wednesday, September 25th, Martin and Manon will speak at the Urban Forum in Ottawa, a quarterly lecture series with the goal to promote dialogue and create a public forum for urban development discussions in the Canadian capital. Our lecture will explore the Swedish and Canadian city-building processes, focusing on the similarities, differences, weirdnesses and unexpected consequences in the urban landscape on both sides of the Atlantic. If you are in Ottawa on Wednesday, come see us, more information about the event here!

Martin lectures in China!

September 18, 2019

On Friday and Saturday, September 20-21 2019, Martin Arfalk joins the '3rd International Symposium on Planning and Landscape Environment Design of Contemporary Urban Waterfront Spaces' in Chengdu, China. On Friday, Martin will give a lecture titled 'Waves of Water and History' in which he will tackle aspects of resiliency, sustainability and water sensitivity in our recent projects and share the values of sustainable design and integrated masterplanning in Mandaworks' practice. Read more about the event here!

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Mandaworks pre-qualified in Hamburg!

September 12, 2019

We are thrilled to announce we are one of 6 teams pre-qualified to participate in the competition to masterplan 68 hectares of the City’s waterfront. The Grasbrook site is the latest piece of Hamburg’s ambitious plans to convert its industrial port-lands into a world-class urban district. We are super excited for the challenge of competing with some of the World’d best design teams, and look forward to exploring what the Elbe has to offer!

Mandaworks lectures at CAMP in Prague!

September 08, 2019

On Monday September 09, we will give a lecture at CAMP - Centre for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning in Prague, Czech Republic as part of a lecture series 'Urban Talks'. Martin will share the values and visions of Mandaworks and will present a selection of our latest projects. Book your tickets for the event, that is organised by CAMP in collaboration with ARCHIP - Architecture Institute in Prague, here! We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Detailed plan for Södra Nyhamnen approved!

September 05, 2019

The detailed plan for Södra Nyhamnen, that has been developed by Malmö Municipality, has been recently approved. We have been working closely with Jernhusen AB to create a valuable piece of linear public space in a newly planned 6 hectare neighbourhood, in close proximity to Malmö's central station. The result is a surprising and livable public spaces with a great views to the centre of Malmö. We are looking forward to follow up on this fascinating project! Read more about the project here!

MW shortlisted to design Landmark Shenzhen Peninsula, Xichong

August 29, 2019

We are happy to announce that we get a chance to continue our coastal resiliency work that we started in 2019 on Dameisha Seaside Park, with an invitation to participate in a competition for the southern tip of Nan’ao peninsula, China. We will work alongside our friends Gossamer and Arcadis, and compete against a group of world-class design teams. We are extremely grateful to have the chance to deepen and develop our resiliency thinking, and look forward to the challenge that the peninsula has to offer! Read more about the competition here!

MixMax Tibble published in PLAN!

August 14, 2019

Our project MixMax Tibble is issued in the latest PLAN, a quarterly magazine for debate on social planning, both for professionals and the public. We developed the project for a challenging site in Täby, Stockholm together with our friends from ADEPT Architects, Tyréns, Ekologigruppen, Trivector, and Stockholm University. In our project, we are seeking answers to how we can densify existing cities while offering new ways of living, working, and mobility for the local communities. We are looking forward to an exciting autumn with equally challenging tasks on our tables!

MW wishes you a great summer!

July 10, 2019

After a productive and challenging winter and summer of the beginning of 2019, we will now take a well-deserved break to enjoy some sunshine, summer breeze and rest. We see you again in August! Wish you all nice holidays!

MW working on a new strategic vision for Skärholmen - Kungens Kurva, Stockholm

July 03, 2019

For a couple of weeks now we have been working on a fascinating strategic project in southwest Stockholm/Huddinge. In Skärholmen and Kungens Kurva we are working with the challenging task of how to connect two car dominated suburban districts originally built in the 1960’s. Separated across two different municipalities and by the E20 motorway, the challenge is to overcome both physical and psychological barriers to create a cohesive city district. We will work together with city staff to identify, prioritise and organise the urban structure, with the goal to create a new liveable city for the people!

Photo source: Erik Claesson, Kulturmiljöbild, Riksantikvarieämbete

MW selected for Junatie competition in Helsinki

June 26, 2019

We are excited to announce that Mandaworks & WSP Finland has been selected for the Junatie idea competition in Helsinki, Finland! Located close by to one of  Helsinki's biggest development sites, Junatie is a busy traffic corridor dominated by large infrastructure. The competition aims to find creative solutions to transform the traffic route into a high-quality urban space that heals the surrounding urban structure and introduces new qualities into the busy district. We look forward to working closely with WSP to solve this critical location, and transform it into a space that provides urban qualities and functionality for neighbors, bicyclists, festival-goers and passers-by! Read more about the competition here!


MW in Helsinki

June 11, 2019

On Wednesday, Martin Arfalk joins a collaborative workshop "Shaping the learning environment" in Helsinki, organised by the Shibaura Institute of Technology, in Tokyo, Japan and Aalto University, in Helsinki, Finland. The aim of the joint four-day workshop is to analyse and evaluate the current trends in learning, observe existing patterns in education and document the spatial qualities of good places for learning. Martin, as an invited guest lecturer, will give a talk on Wednesday on "Working together in shaping our environment (cross-border and cross-discipline)" and also engage in discussions with students.


MW selected for competition in Oulu, Finland!

June 09, 2019

We are happy to announce that we have been selected as one of four teams out of 30 applicants for the invited ideas competition for Hartaanselänranta area in Oulu, Finland. Together, with our collaborators from WSP Finland, we will work on a vision plan for a new urban district just north of the city center of Oulu, that will partly host the Finnish housing exhibition in 2025, and will be innovative, have a clear identity and strong community feeling, with special attention paid to the surrounding natural areas. The competition wraps up in late October and results should be announced in December. Read more about the competition here!


I ♥ MY!

April 25, 2019

We are happy to announce that we have received an Honorary Mention in the invited international competition for a 100,000m2 mixed-use development in Vantaa, Finland! Our proposal connects surrounding neighbourhoods, both existing and planned, and resolves complex multi-level relationships of different site components by offering generous public space. The project further enhances existing qualities already found in the area: diversity of nature and topography and an established art scene. Read more about the project here!

Mandaworks in Faaborg

April 11, 2019

We are very excited to announce that we are one of three teams selected for the invited competition for Faaborg harbour area in Denmark. Our great team consists of Adept, Rambøll & GivRum. The aim of the competition is to find answers to how Faaborg can be made even more attractive to both citizens, tourists and business. We are very much looking forward to this process, starting in May and ending in October this year!

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