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.

Ecce homo – Eetu


Look, human. There is great arrogance in men when separating things man has made from those of nature per se. Every metro, highway or skyscraper is like a nest of a termite or a dam of a beaver. For something not to be of nature is to be transcendent, supernatural, godly. Surely we don’t mean that when we separate man from nature. Dichotomy of man and nature or city and the wild is promoting distorted and phony separation. Step back, see, human.

Me, Myself and I – Nandara

Here I am in front of an abandoned house, where nature reclaims its space back. I have always admired the beauty of the ruins, forgotten places where the marks of time tell their stories. Somehow I feel a certain comfort in deserted houses, I also like to imagine what was its past, what will be its future, what is its present.

Me myself & I: personal space – Arttu

In this picture I wanted to be seen as a person sitting in an armchair not unlike one that might be used to watch TV in the privacy of a home. I feel that the armchair is perhaps the most private possible way to sit, which can be nice but also creates a distance between you and others around you.

The armchair only seats one person unlike a couch or a bench that are more open and ”shared”. I wanted to create a sense of disconnectedness from the surroundings, much like what one might achieve by looking at ones smartphone or having headphones on in a public space.

In a way I feel that it is a comment on the need for personal space in the public perhaps epecially charasteristic of the finnish people.

Much like watching TV in an armchair at home, when I am not mentally connected to my surroundings but more with the program I am watching, while going through social media from a smartphone on a busstop I am actually sharing the space with strangers mainly physically and lose most of the mental connection that I otherwise might build with others in the same space. Personal space can be comfortable, like an armchair, but it does little to make you connected to where you are in an urban space.

Me, myself and I – Lauri

Water is an important element for me in cities and in life generally. I would never consider living in a non-coastal city. Almost all of my hobbies have been linked to water: diving and spearfishing, sea kayaking, swimming and hiking. When hiking in Lapland streams are usually water that is fresh and safe to drink (I wouldn’t drink water from Mätäoja in Pitäjänmäki where the picture is taken).

Me, Myself and I – Katie

A yellow flower, a row of corn, a microcosm of human subsistence. Curiosity gets the better of me and I explore further, eager to learn. There are stark contrasts and calming familiarities. In this foreign land, I am a child again.