Career Perspectives by Darrel in Ikigai

Darrel Ramsey-Musolf, Assistant Professor of Regional Planning, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst talked about finding your own personal perspective on career development.

For that you can maybe use the traditional Japanese approach and locate yourself in the Ikigai concept!

Unfinished weekly tasks

Here is a little continuation on discussion related to unfinished weekly exercises. As Mari mentioned, we have been little worried about unfinished weekly exercises that are piling up and creating extra stress for some of you. Unfortunately her suggestion for major relief has created some extra questions that need clarification.

The main idea behind is this: The aim of the first half of the semester exercises was to invite you all on same discussion and to position yourself within the group and with the multidisciplinary field. This said, it is important that you close up these first tentative work as soon as possible to free time for the final work of each course.

Therefore if you have already passed in weekly exercise items, don’t worry about completing a couple missing ones. The aim of weekly tasks we to make sure that you all keep up with the discussion and learning. We are not superinterested, if ALL of them are done, but instead to have enough input to understand you own interests and perspectives as well as the development of your argumentation. If you however haven’t written anything yet, please make sue that there is at least few items in every course so that the teachers are able to do your course assessment in feasible bases.

To move into next exercises, please write short list of exercises that you haven’t finished and pass it in to Intro course box in University of Helsinki Moodle site by the end of October. Teachers will go though your list and are in contact with you personally, if we need more input from you.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

“‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. is a proverb. It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring. The exact origins of the phrase remain unclear, though it was recorded as early as 1659.” (Wikipedia)

… and Beyond Wikipedia version goes like this:

Over past few weeks there has been discussions about work load. It is obvious that one can spend days instead of hours for a single blogpost, if the expectations are raised too high via competition. As it is stated in assessment criteria we appreciate the overall work that is done in reasonable time frame, the very same goes with the weekly posts.
Have fun and play a little as well.

Presentation Excursion Perception Exercises

Let`s talk about your perception exercises!

We will have a common discussion/reflection at your perception exercises I-III on Friday morning,  05.10.2018 after the general wrap-up!

Please print your ME, MYSELF AND I exercise and arrange them in one horizontal line on one wall in the studio space. The material of the 2nd exercise (collage) should as well be physically present, so that we can have a general discussion about your findings! Please bring your soundfile on a memory stick or upload it to your student page.



Haaga shared resources

G’day. I did little preliminary work for you guys…

First of all. There is a new feature of Network shared media. In post/page editing you have some additions in “Add media” button. When adding media you should have a new option of Network shared media which shows you media files from other sites as well. Hopefully this reduces the need for multiple file uploads. Also, I increased the max upload size of media to 4 MB. I hope that is sufficient.

Second. There is a new Menu-item Resources in this shared student page (You need to be logged in). It contains two subsections for you to update as you wish.

  • Repositories contain list of larger data repositories that you find useful. This is an ordinary page, so just push Edit and do your additions.
  • Haaga documents are single items that might come useful. Please spend a little extra time when uploading these posts; you may decrease your peers’ search time. Haaga documents are custom type posts, so to make one select New> Haaga document and fill the details needed and Publish like ordinary blogpost.

Feel free to comment, if there is need for changes or improvements.

Population pressure on green areas in Helsinki – GIS Practical 1

The assignment for the GIS and visual tools course last week was to create a map depicting the population pressure on green areas in the small areas of Helsinki and include an analysis of the map.

Looking at the second map, the highest population pressure to green areas per square kilometer are in the city center, and the lowest in the outskirts, mainly the Ulkosaaret (archipelago) and the vast forest lands bordering Sipoo (Ultuna). This was expected, since the city center host many people and lots of buildings but few green areas, as city centers usually do, whereas the forests in Eastern Helsinki are scarcely populated. When moving out from the city center the population pressure is significantly lower, and that is also expected: less built environments and less people means that there is space for more nature in between.

One of the Helsinki small areas sticks out on the map: Kluuvi. Kluuvi is the core area of the city center, where the Helsinki central railway station and some of the biggest department stores and buildings are located. This means that there are not that many apartment buildings, and so fewer people share the same green space. In addition to this, Kluuvi holds both the Töölönlahti area and the Kaisaniemi park, and these are considerably large areas of urban green space in the city center. Kaivopuisto in the south-east corner of the Helsinki peninsula is another example: it is an area that consists mostly of a large park with relatively few inhabitants.

On the other hand, thousands of people pass through Kluuvi and the city center every day, or they work in the area. These people might spend a third of their day in this area, which means that the amount of people spending time in Kluuvi during both day and night (clubs, bars, travelers, etc) is significantly higher than just the amount of inhabitants in the area.

North of the city center the population pressure is lowered by the big central park. What I consider the most interesting here are the areas that are being built, because those are the areas that can still be affected and altered with important factors and perspectives in mind. When the population pressure is not yet too big and there are still green areas to preserve, maintain and plan well, planners should proceed with caution. On the other hand the city center clearly needs some innovative urban green space planning, since much of the land is already built upon. There are several examples of green walls, floating or climbing gardens and the usage of e.g. rooftops or other unused spaces to increase the amount of green space in a city.

When planning an area this kind of a visualization is important, since it tells the same story that the numbers would do, but in a way that is easier to comprehend. Planners and constructors should take notice as well as the politicians. This map is a good example of the kind of multidisciplinary knowledge that is needed when making decisions that affect people’s daily lives. A static map, however, does not tell us anything about the change in the area over time, of how people perceive the area or what the green areas are used for and if they are accessible. This can be seen on the first map, which shows the green areas of Helsinki.

Me, Myself and I – Paula

I arrived at the yard of this little wooden church in Etelä-Haaga and I suddenly felt warm and comfortable. The place brought back a childhood memory of me and my sister feeding birds in somewhere near Käpylä or Kumpula, I can’t remember the exact place (but it wasn’t this particular place). I started wondering all the feelings and emotions that places may or may not evoke in people. It is interesting, how a place can have many different meanings to different people.

Lecture notes 14.09.2018

Thanks for active participation in Friday lecture to start up this blogging. As mentioned you have access to 3 sites:

  • Main USP site (as Subscriber)
  • This joint student site (as Editor)
  • Your own site (as Administrator)

I will keep arranging stuff in this site for a while to get basic functioning correct, but feel free to take over whenever. Your personal sites are totally in your hands, so I assume there is plenty of work there for a while. I’m glad to see that most of you already got started and first changes in layout, images and posts are already there. Remember that this will be your main working area where the other student and teacher’s don’t lay their fingers. Joint course work is only read/duplicated from your original postings.

In joint sites the work is going to be progress for a while, but it should settle in few weeks.

  1. In adjusting you own site remember that basic layout arrangement and functionality of your site comes the Theme setting (Appearance menu in Dashboard). Thus this is your site “general plan”.
  2. Further adjustment can be done from the Customize menu (from the top bar in Front end). This is then the “detail plan” level.
  3. Finally you are ready add elements that are posts, pages, images widgets and so on.

The two first levels of your work are only evaluated by us in Studio I course. The last one are items that are interest of individual course teachers if they will take the initiative and have their course material passed in through this blog.

Keep up the good work.