New members joining the Stockholm office

April 01, 2020

It's always a nice moment when we can announce new additions to the Mandaworks team. Over the last few weeks, we have been joined by two new designers - Lisa and Jan. Lisa - born and raised in Sweden - studied landscape architecture at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala and finished her studies in 2018. Her master thesis focused on ecological sustainability and stormwater management in Parkbryggan in Ulleråker, Uppsala. During her studies, Lisa spent a semester in New Zealand, deepening her interest in how landscape architecture can contribute to creating great environments of the future. Lisa brings fresh knowledge of detail design solutions and a holistic approach to the team. Jan, originally from Magdeburg, Germany, is trained as a landscape architect and moved to Sweden in 2006. He studied at the Faculties of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Dresden where he graduated in 2006. He has a wide range of experience, working on projects in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and elsewhere in Europe. He has experience in all project phases, from the concept sketch to the detailed plans. In his work, Jan focuses on the interaction between architecture, landscape architecture and urban development with the user in focus. We are excited to welcome both Lisa and Jan to the team and we are looking forward to working on some amazing projects together!

Royal Neighbour in de Architect

March 26, 2020

If you are fluent in Dutch, do not miss this article about our project, Royal Neighbour, in the online magazine de Architect. The project, which we have been working on intensively since 2014 together with our friends from Adept Architects, is the last part in the new north city district of the Royal Seaport, with its first inhabitants expected to move in beginning in 2026. Stay tuned for how the project develops! Read the article here or get to know more about the project on our website!

Proposals for Kromet block revealed!

March 18, 2020

Over the past few months, we have been working on a proposal for a new block and surrounding public space in Gothenburg, Sweden, together with our collaborators Henning Larsen, Kanozi, Eliath and Sweco. Recently, the proposals from the parallel assignment were made public. The outcome has yet to be decided, but we are keeping our fingers crossed! Read more about the project and proposal here or on Vasakronan’s website!

New competition in China!

March 11, 2020

We have been invited to participate in the urban design competition for Chengdu's Featured Towns and Conservation and Restoration of Linpan Rural Residence Complexes in Chengdu, China. We are one of nine teams selected to participate. Linpan is a rural settlement in the Chengdu Plains, composed of farmhouses, farmland, and large irrigation networks. The agricultural production, life, and landscape has evolved over centuries of cultivation. We are looking forward to an exciting project and collaboration with the China City Development Academy (CCDA)! Read more about the competition here!

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MW finalist in competition in Montreal, Canada

March 04, 2020

We are stoked to announce that our design proposal has been selected as one of the 5 finalists of McGill College Reinventing the Avenue's competition in Montreal! Together with Civiliti, we have been transforming this historical axis dominated by cars into a vibrant pedestrian destination. Stay tuned for the results here!

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Vision for Taschereau, Canada

March 01, 2020

For the past months, we have been collaborating with l'Atelier Urbain et STGM + Associés Architectes on an ambitious vision for boulevard Taschereau's corridor, providing an exciting glimpse into the future which was just released by the City of Longueuil and can be discovered here!

Detailed plans for Ulleråker approved

February 26, 2020

Since 2017, together with our collaborators Warm in the Winter, we have been working with Uppsala Municipality on developing a comprehensive vision for Ulleråker, a new development area south of Uppsala's city centre. Recently, the detailed plans for Ulleråker were approved. We are looking forward to the next steps of the project! Read more about the project here!

Amiralsstaden vision released

February 20, 2020

During autumn last year we supported Malmö Municipality in developing visual material for the new Amiralsstaden project, located in the southern part of downtown Malmö, Sweden. Last week the material was released, following the city’s decision to approve the project to go into public consultation. The aim of the new development is to increase density and the quality of the living environment, as well as improving connections to the nearby areas. Read more here!

Planning the future of biking in Lévis, Quebec, Canada

February 12, 2020

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Copenhagenize and EMS Engineering on the development of Lévis' new Bicycle Master Plan! The City of Lévis already is a destination for cyclists with over 320km of functional and scenic routes. In the upcoming months, we will look at how to expand and bonify the network, and develop exciting destinations along it in order to provide the blueprint for a future of active mobility!

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'Districts of the past, wishes of the present'

February 10, 2020

We have been selected, together with our collaborators from FABRICations, to participate in an exciting design competition, Panorama Lokaal, in Julianadorp, the Netherlands. The competition aims to find new ways to use the existing urban-rural fringes in the Netherlands to create energy-efficient, climate-proof and viable districts, tackling issues such as climate change, ageing society, housing shortages and the need for increased sustainability of agriculture. Mandaworks has always had a strong connection to the Netherlands, so we are extremely excited to take on this challenge! Read more about the competition here!

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Mandaworks giving a lecture at BUDMA in Poznan, Poland

February 03, 2020

On Wednesday this week, Martin Arfalk will speak at the annual BUDMA event in Poznan, Poland. The BUDMA International Construction and Architecture Fair is one of the most anticipated events for trade representatives, architects, contractors and investors of modern technologies and building materials in Europe. Martin will speak about the "The Beauty behind the design”, and beauty behind the underlying logic of design decisions. Visit the program here!

New vision for Ängelholm coming together!

January 29, 2020

We are excited to announce that Mandaworks has been selected to develop an urban design strategy for the station area in Ängelholm, Sweden! Together with the local municipality our assignment in the next months is to revise the structure plan and develop a vision for a new urban district around the train station. The central location and number of commuters passing through on a daily basis have potential to emerge in an exciting urban addition to the town and a new gateway between Ängelholm and the region. We look forward to working with the naturally beautiful west coast city! For more information, follow the development of the area here!

Happy Chinese New Year! 新春快乐!

January 22, 2020

China is a country of wide possibilities and ambitious planning projects that reach far beyond our imagination. For many years, Mandaworks has been present in China, participating in invited competitions and working on direct commissions, establishing new collaborations and relationships and meeting old and new friends. The year 2020 won't be any different! We will take part in a couple of big competitions and compete with some of the best offices in the world, sharing our ideas and tackling all aspects of sustainability in the rapidly changing world. To elevate our Chinese spirit, we are celebrating Chinese New Year at the office today. We want to wish you all a successful year of a Metal Rat! 新春快乐!

MW in Slovakia!

January 13, 2020

Since last autumn we have been involved in an exciting project on the outskirts of Bratislava. We are working with developers Lucron to transform 41 hectares of land on the border between Slovakia and Austria into a creative urban district. Built around a new train station within the historical context of the Danube Delta and a World War II defence system, the development will form an important local and regional centre for Bratislava's eastern extension. We have been busy creating a vision and comprehensive public space design for the Nesto site, which is moving towards implementation later in 2020, stay tuned!

Proposal for Hlemmur Square moving further!

December 18, 2019

Reykjavik is the world’s most northern capital city. The city’s ‘sub-polar oceanic climate’ combined with its northern latitude results in frequent windy, rainy days, unpredictable snow events and months of darkness. How should you design public space in those conditions?  Since early 2018 we have been on a fascinating journey together with Dagný Land Design and the Municipality of Reykjavik to redesign one of Reykjavik’s central urban spaces - Hlemmur Square, and investigate how spatial design can maximise public life in the winter city. It is an exciting moment for us in Reykjavik as our updated proposal has just been approved by the planning and transportations departments. We are now awaiting the final approval from the council, as the plan moves towards implementation! Read more about the process here or check our proposal! We also want to wish you all merry Christmas and happy New Year! See you all again in 2020!

Congrats Emeline and the team!

December 10, 2019

We are very proud to share the news that one of our Mandaworkers, Emeline Lex, and her teammates have received a Special Mention for their proposal RE:MEDIATE in Europan 15! The team has proposed a synthesis between living, working, nature, and recreation for the site in Borås, Sweden, with the vision that the site will become 'its own kind of ecosystem, in which a symbiosis between the green, built, and the living can support the needs of people and nature on the same level. This will create a cycle of functions in which everything that is put into it, will mutually define, impact, and support something else'. The competition received more than 12 entries for the site in Borås. Congratulations to the whole team! See the full proposal here!

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Mandaworks in the final round of Grasbrook, Hamburg competition!

December 04, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected for the final round of the prestigious Grasbrook urban planning competition in Hamburg. The six finalists are paired up to form three teams of urban planning and landscape architecture duos. The last leg of the competition wraps up in April 2020. We are looking forward to develop and deepen our proposal together with our assigned second round teammates, Karres en Brands, and wish best of luck to the other finalists! Check the entries of the first round and read more about the competition here!

MW at the University of Toronto

December 02, 2019

On Tuesday, Manon Otto will join Supercoordinator Richard Sommer for final reviews of the T.O. Superstudio “Urban Commons: metropolitan actors, metropolitan stages” at Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. To discover the program and the great minds behind it, visit the faculty’s website here!

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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!

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