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Elisabeth Sjödahl




Elisabeth is an architect and landscape architect, and is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape. She is the co-­founder of International Workshops for Architecture and Urbanism (IWAU) and founding partner of Worksonland, which develops urban, architectural and landscape  projects where water has a strong influence. Past teaching at KTH Stockholm,  UCH CEU Valencia, and ETSAV University,  Valencia.


NATURACT – Nature‐based solutions for climate change: upscaling landscape‐based climate mitigation and adaptation actions|Oslo Water Metropolis|Productive Water Urbanism

Publications (7)



Deep Landscape

We know very little about what is under our feet. We are used to the sight of manhole covers punctuating the streets around us, and we know that they provide access to the subterranean water system... Read »



From landfills to landscapes—Nature-based solutions for water management taking into account legacy contamination

Nature-based solutions (NBS) can be used in combination with the reopening of piped rivers to support area development. In certain cases, piped rivers can run through disused landfills. This presents a complicating factor because landfills provide the possibility for river water to be contaminated by waste... Read »



Landscape Measures for Improved Management of Stormwater and Leachate at Old Closed Landfills

River re-opening strategies of piped streams are used to accommodate greater quantities of stormwater. However, experience in Norway has demonstrated challenges in applying standard principles of local infiltration and retention of water, when the former valleys have been used as dumping grounds. The water that come in contact with the waste can spread contaminants to adjacent areas... Read »