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Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland

Up to 30 master-students and graduates from the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Architecture History, Sociology, Anthropology, Political and Cultural Studies and other related fields.
International workshop


August 15—22, 2020
The Workshop in Helsinki marks the third workshop in the "Creating Homes for Tomorrow" program, offering an 8-day introduction into local housing context. Together with an international group of participants and a multidisciplinary team of mentors and experts, we design solutions and strategies for future housing scenarios in a transforming neighbourhood in the city of Helsinki: Huopalahdentie Area – which is the part of the "Boulevard City" strategy. The workshop takes place from 15 to 22 of August and is hosted by the Aalto University.
Helsinki is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe, setting the direction of growth for the next 30 years. Helsinki will become a denser city than it is today. The New City Plan 2050 predicts approximately 860,000 inhabitants and 560,000 workplaces, aiming at extending the inner-city northwards and transforming gradually today's motorway-like entry routes in the outer suburbs into 'city boulevards'. The new urban districts will contain mixed urban structure consisting of housing, jobs and services and giving priority to public transport, thereby reducing traffic on main streets.

Helsinki has a long history of housing policy in which social sustainability is a key principle – by providing to diverse type of local residents and groups opportunities that suit their needs and financial standing. However, city growth and the high demand for housing have led to a significant increase in housing costs. The future residential development consists of infill development in existing districts where infrastructure can be utilized, which represents sustainable and economically sensible urban development.
In order to follow up with the rapid densification, the city needs to provide the opportunity to substantially diversify the housing supply in different districts and continue/ensure to be a green city with adequate recreational areas where nature can be enjoyed.

During the workshop, we explore local constraints for housing development, visit best practice projects, conceptualize strategies and design homes for tomorrow for Helsinki. We understand the local conditions like ownership structures, policies and stakeholder interests influencing production and quality of housing in Helsinki. We explore how global trends like societal changes, virtual communication and environmental change influence the way we live. Based on this, we conceptualize and design future-oriented scenarios for housing with different focuses and scales: the socio-economic aspects defining the framework for development, the neighbourhood as a living environment, the building block as a unit for living in a community, and the building itself as an expression of lifestyles.
The Huopalahdentie area as a part of "city boulevard" is planned to supplement the districts of Munkkiniemi, Haaga and Pitäjänmäki, with new homes and workplaces for about 14,000 residents in total. The New City Plan 2050 is aimed at extending the transit network, especially the development of a new cross-town tram system along its main axes. It will introduce prioritization between different modes of transport – encouraging sustainable solutions in order to give greater priority to public transportation.
The main concept is to create vibrant, cozy and densely built streets with new neighbourhoods alongside. The densification of the built environment will provide opportunities for the creation of workplaces, utilizing the agglomeration benefits of a dense city and minimizing the segregation of residential areas. Districts will have an opportunity to evolve with their own independent characteristics within the city by introducing new program –business premises, shops, restaurants, cafes, small and medium-sized companies alongside the "city boulevard". New functions can ensure the vitality of districts and improve their image.
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During the workshop, we learn from the experience of two flagship housing projects in Helsinki:

> "Loft Building" project was completed in 2011 and built according to a completely new concept of the affordable housing in Helsinki. The concept follows the "open building" and do-it-yourself philosophies leaving the apartments at a loft warehouse-type stage allowing individual unit owners to build the interior of their apartments according to their wishes.
Guided by Pia Ilonen, initiator and creator of the 'Loft Building' and founder of ILO architect's office.
> Arabianranta – the former area of 'Arabia factories' design porcelain company – is a regenerated former wasteland area combining living, working, studying and leisure functions, all center on a holistic theme – art and design. As one of the first large scale public-private partnerships for area-based redevelopment in Finland, it combines knowledge and innovation activity with new and diverse living environments, attracting new residents, companies and students.
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We attend input lectures and evening social events featuring guests and speakers from the following institutions:

> City of Helsinki:
Aalto-Setälä Niklas "Challenges and Strategies in Urban Planning – History and current situation"
Karjalainen Riikka – "Re-thinking Urban Housing Program and Helsinki Housing policy"
Mirjam Niemeyer is an architect, urban designer and founding partner at Helsinki Zürich Office which was established in 2010. The office has branches in Zurich and Helsinki. Mirjam works as a designer and researcher in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning in an international context and has won several international prizes for architectural and urban design projects.

Mirjam has been a visiting professor at the PBSA Düsseldorf and assistant professor at the Institute of Urban Design at Prof. Kees Christiaanse at the ETH Zurich, where she led and conducted the "s5-city project", an urban research and design project about the agglomeration of Zurich. She has tutored several international workshops and published internationally. Mirjam is a member of the Advisory Board of CANactions School and has curated and mentored CANactions School educational programs since 2016.
Romea Muryń is a Polish architect and urban planner. After receiving her master's degree from West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland and her bachelor's degree from the School of Design and Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark she worked for 8 years as an architect in leading design practices—JDS, COBE, REX, BIG and OMA.

Romea also successfully completed the postgraduate programme 'Hybrid Urbanism' at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and worked as a leading architect and urban strategist at KB Strelka, Moscow, Russia, taking part in the projects 'My Street' large-scale urban renovation program and, 'Key Public Spaces: Improvement in 40 Cities of Russia'. Romea was an adjunct Professor at INDA International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is co-founder of the studio Locument, established in 2015.
Fani Kostourou
is an architect, urban designer and academic. Trained at the National Technical University of Athens, she holds a MAS in Urban Design from ETH Zürich and an MRes in Spatial Design from University College London. In 2017, she joined the MIT Department of Architecture and Computation as a visiting researcher and participated in the Future Architecture Platform. Fani currently finishes her PhD research at the Bartlett, teaches at the Welsh School of Architecture and works as a researcher at Theatrum Mundi.
Gianmaria Socci
received a Master degree in Architecture from FAF Ferrara and a MAS degree in Urban Design from ETH Zürich, with a research focus on informal urbanism. Between 2013 and 2016 he has been research assistant at ETH Zürich, leading urban research and teaching design studios at the chair of Architecture and Urban Design. Since 2017 he has been adjunct professor at INDA, the International Program in Design and Architecture of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. In 2018 Gianmaria co-founded Space Saloon.
Konstantinos Pantazis
is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at ColumbiaGSAPP. He founded Point Supreme with Marianna Rentzou in 2008 after working in London, Rotterdam, Brussels and Tokyo (OMA, MVRDV, 51N4E, Jun Aoki). In 2015 Athens Projects, a book dedicated to their work was published by Graham Foundation in Chicago. They recently finished building the Petralona House and won 1st prize at the acclaimed completion for the new architecture school in Marseille, whose construction will start in 2019.
Dr. Johanna Lilius
is a planner and geographer and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture/Aalto University. Her research has focused on housing and housing policy & development, (strategic) urban planning and development, suburban regeneration, urban cultures and lifestyles as well as urban entrepreneurs. As a consultant, she has developed housing concepts and facilitated stakeholder meetings and planning sessions. She is the author of "Reclaiming Cities as Spaces of Middle Class Parenthood" (Palgrave Macmillan).
Niklas Aalto-Setälä
has a bachelor degree in urban geography from the University of Helsinki and a master's degree in spatial planning and transportation engineering from the Aalto University. He works as a strategic planner at the city planning office of the city of Helsinki. His work focuses around the interconnections between land use and transportation, planning policy and international relations concerning strategic planning at the city of Helsinki. In his previous positions, Aalto-Setälä has worked intensively with urban cycling issues and on sustainable urban development.
Antti Ahlava
is full professor of Emergent Design Methodologies at Department of Architecture in Aalto University and has been responsible for the campus development of Aalto University for the past five years. He is founding partner at Helsinki Zürich Office architecture bureau, responsible for building design and urban design commissions such as Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki Tori Quarters, Strömberg Industrial Park and Strömfors Village. He has been a visiting professor in Århus School of Architecture, Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen and TU Vienna.
Pia Fricker
is a Vice Head of the Department of Architecture, holds the Professorship for Computational Methodology in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at Aalto University. Prior to her current position, she was Director of Graduate Studies in Landscape Architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology, Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Girot. Here, she laid the foundation for her research on New Computational Design Methodologies for Dynamic Landscapes in the area of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism.
Pia Ilonen
is founder of ILO architects where she is responsible of many public building transformation projects. The key words in all design processes are user-centered, economic and ecological. Concerning housing architecture, new strategies for producing an urban block has been her main interest for the last 10 years.
Pentti Kareoja
is a professor at the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture since 2002 and a partner-in-charge of ARK-house Architects since 1995. Besides his own practices, Kareoja has been involved in various co-operation projects and worked for other offices in Finland and abroad since 1979, including for example Kevin Roche, USA. He has received awards and prizes in architecture including State award of architecture in 2002 and Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European architecture.
Riikka Karjalainen
holds an M.Sc. (Admin.) in Regional Studies from the University of Tampere. As a senior planning officer at the City Executive Office of the City of Helsinki she coordinates and develops housing policy in Helsinki, ensuring mixed tenure development in the neighborhoods. As Helsinki strives to hold its position as a textbook example in Europe of how to prevent segregation, she also works with suburban renewal projects, enabling equality and well-being in all districts. Riikka is also a coordinator of Re-thinking Urban Housing.
Pia Kuusiniemi
is a founding partner at LOCI Landscape Architects Ltd. Pia has worked on numerous public space projects and historical environments in Finland including Roihuvuori elementary School, Mall of Tripla outdoor spaces and restoration of Lauttasaari Manor House. Currently, Pia is the President of the Finnish Association of Landscape Architects and a member of the Board of The Finnish Association of Landscape Industries and of the Association of Finnish Architect's Offices.
Anne Tervo
is an architect M.Sc. and a lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University, ARTS. Her research interests include solo-living examined from the perspective of urban housing design practices, shared domestic spaces, the social aspects of home environments and flexible spatial concepts. Similar topics are discussed in her lectures and design studios.
Workshop Space
We work at the premises of the Department of Architecture at Aalto University, located in in Espoo, Finland. We have the possibility to engage in the dialogues with the teaching staff and will be exposed to the methodologies of the University.
The Department of Architecture at Aalto University is an internationally renowned education and research unit. With respect to Finland's esteemed architectural heritage, it finds solutions to the future challenges of
construction. For decades, the Department's teaching has maintained strong ties to the practical work undertaken at architecture firms. To the institution, architecture is an art form that requires practical knowledge, individual artistic development, as well as technical and economical knowledge regarding construction. The main aim is to educate critical thinkers who accept their responsibility to research and design a socially, culturally and ecologically sustainable built environment.