Barthel specialize in analysis, strategy and design of Resilient Urban Environments. Resilience is the capacity to uphold ecosystem
services and livability in the face of disturbance and change. Ecosystem services are the benefits people obtain from living ecosystems.
At Barthel, architects and ecologists work together to turn theory and research into physical, spatial form that generate synergy effects. Integrating ecosystem services into the design solutions increases quality of life, strengthens levels of biodiversity and generates
novel and smart city-making that aims for sustainability.
ALBANO RESILIENT CAMPUS Stockholm's new campus area will house 150.000 sqm of institutions and dwellings for students and researchers at a delicate location in the National Urban Park. Commissioned by developer Akademiska Hus, Barthel have developed Albano's visionary sustainability strategies and guidelines. To achieve the goals and to maintain urban- and ecosystem services over time, the work focuses both on design of spatial components as well as institutional aspects such as governance, social learning and user involvement.
KNEIPPEN SYD Barthel have been working with the municipality of Norrköping – a Swedish city of 100.000 inhabitants – to develop a new sustainable city district with 500 dwellings alongside work places, services, shops and schools. During the process, three participatory workshops were organized with invited experts, local stakeholders and future users and school children in the area. Kneippen Syd will link and integrate areas of the city that are now separated both spatially and socially, offering public spaces both for locals and visitors.
ADD ANOTHER LAYER In collaboration with White architects, Barthel has developed an innovative tool for increasing public awareness
and values of urban biodiversity. The project is a smart phone app/community that would map existing qualities and point out future
possibilities. This would be useful both as a game, as a planning tool and as a way to generate business opportunities for companies within
the field. The project was selected among ten finalists in "the Green Architecture Competition", organized by The Netherlands
Architecture Institute (NAi) and the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I).
LECTURES & WORKSHOPS Barthel are regularly invited to give lectures and organize workshops
on the topic of social-ecologicalurbanism both in Sweden and internationally.
ARKITEKTUR ARTICLE The 2012 February issue of Arkitektur – the Swedish Review of Architecture – features a social-ecological analysis
of Norra Djurgårdsstaden, Stockholm's new flagship area regarding sustainable urbanism, written by Barthel's associates.