All USP exercises

This page collects all weekly exercises of autumn courses.

(Page is still in test stage, so in case you find one of the weekly exercises missing, please let responsible teacher know that their exercise is missing or misplaced in course web page)


  • Final project work
    by saratodorovic on December 3, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Please find the detailed instructions and final project topic examples on Moodle!  Final project work USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 5.12.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio OVERVIEW & PURPOSE You’ve arrived at the end of the course. By now, you should have accumulated a basic skill set in GIS enabling … Continue reading "Final project work" […]

  • Practical 10: GIS Automation and Spatial Analysis as a Process
    by saratodorovic on November 26, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Please always use updated practical instructions from the course Moodle page! USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 28.11.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Christoph Fink, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio OVERVIEW & PURPOSE The ultimate goal in GIS is to learn how to solve problems spatially. Spatial analysis is a process in which you examine the … Continue reading "Practical 10: GIS Automation and Spatial Analysis as a Process" […]

  • Practical 9: Urban Ecology and GIS
    by saratodorovic on November 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Please always use updated practical instructions from the course Moodle page! 21.11.2018 By Joel Jalkanen, Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio OVERVIEW & PURPOSE Ecology in Cities: Attributes of Urban Ecological Communities Maps are useful tools: one can visualize rather complicated things with them in a way that is easy to understand and rapid … Continue reading "Practical 9: Urban Ecology and GIS" […]

  • Practical 8: QGIS, Exporting Data to Other Applications and Web Publishing
    by saratodorovic on November 13, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Please always use updated practical instructions from the course Moodle page! USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 14.11.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio OVERVIEW & PURPOSE Assessing the quality of urban environments is a multi-faceted topic which is a major interest in urban planning, research and design. Components and features of … Continue reading "Practical 8: QGIS, Exporting Data to Other Applications and Web Publishing" […]

  • Practical 7: SoftGIS / Public Participation GIS (PPGIS)
    by saratodorovic on November 6, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Please always use updated practical instructions from the course Moodle page! USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 07.11.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio OVERVIEW & PURPOSE Participatory sensing and GIS has become a useful tool to extract quantitative and qualitative information about the environment. Using map questionnaires is an easy way … Continue reading "Practical 7: SoftGIS / Public Participation GIS (PPGIS)" […]

  • Get a grasp of (your) Haaga
    by Anssi Joutsiniemi on November 4, 2018 at 6:29 am

    After the mid-term break the studio work took a direction towards a planning synthesis. First step is to zoom in to the elements of your solution: get concrete, get physical, get into details… If you are following research track in your work, prepare material that makes obvious to rest of the group what data you … Continue reading "Get a grasp of (your) Haaga" […]

  • Practical 6: Accessibility and GIS
    by saratodorovic on October 30, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Please always use updated practical instructions from the course Moodle page! USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 31.10.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio OVERVIEW & PURPOSE As we’ve learned thus far cities are agglomerations of people, buildings, businesses and traffic. The placement decisions for people, buildings and businesses are usually influenced … Continue reading "Practical 6: Accessibility and GIS" […]

  • Practical 5: Analysing​ ​socioeconomic​ ​structure​ ​with​ ​GIS​
    by saratodorovic on October 16, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Please always use updated practical instructions from the course Moodle page! USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 17.10.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio OVERVIEW & PURPOSE Today’s theme is socio-spatial differentiation & social segregation and we’re going to be looking at the Helsinki metropolitan area’s population dynamics. Thus far we’ve learned … Continue reading "Practical 5: Analysing​ ​socioeconomic​ ​structure​ ​with​ ​GIS​" […]

  • Task for the mid-term 19.10.
    by Anssi Joutsiniemi on October 11, 2018 at 6:01 am

    The USP group has now worked five weeks exploring varying and potentially conflicting aspects and interests in the surroundings of Haaga. At this point there is plenty of interesting starting points but even the boundary of the study area has remained uncertain, so we are in right track. Now it seems like the right time … Continue reading "Task for the mid-term 19.10." […]

  • Practical 4: GIS and Urban Planning
    by saratodorovic on October 8, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Please always use updated practical instructions from the course Moodle page! USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 10.10.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio OVERVIEW & PURPOSE Spatial phenomena tend to vary in intensity across a geographical area. When the occurrence of a certain phenomenon is significantly higher in one area than … Continue reading "Practical 4: GIS and Urban Planning" […]

  • Magical mix
    by Anssi Joutsiniemi on October 7, 2018 at 5:11 am

    This week’s exercise continues from last week, so each of you should complete either this or the “Measuring unmeasurable” exercise. The ‘trans-‘ catchword of the week is transaction, which I have borrowed from the seminal article of Nobel laureate Roland Coase (1937). In his paper “The Nature of the Firm“, Coase stated that the essence … Continue reading "Magical mix" […]

  • Assignment 10.10.
    by lottajunnilainen on October 4, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Sociologist Matthew Desmond – one of the most acknowledged urban ethnographers of our time – has written a fantastic article “Eviction and the Reproduction of Urban Poverty” (on Moodle). In the paper, he beautifully combines statistical and ethnographic analyses, describing the underutilized potential of mixing methods. First, read the article and reflect on what Desmond … Continue reading "Assignment 10.10." […]

  • Assignment 3.10. Urban Ethnographies
    by lottajunnilainen on October 3, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Assignment Make a plan for an experimental ‘short-term’ ethnographic session dealing with good suburban living. Talk over the following issues: „ Where would your fieldwork take place? „ How much time in the field would you need? „ Who/what would be in your focus? „ How could you reach the people or the phenomenon you … Continue reading "Assignment 3.10. Urban Ethnographies" […]

  • Measuring unmeasurable
    by Anssi Joutsiniemi on October 2, 2018 at 2:45 am

    This week’s exercise is built around dynamics of urban form. Models of present day cities and city regions do not follow the logic of concentric zoning around urban core, but instead represent more complex patterns of accessibility. The ‘trans-‘ catchword of the week is thus transport, although we are not interested of the short term … Continue reading "Measuring unmeasurable" […]

  • Practical 3: Urban without urbanity
    by ramiratvio on October 1, 2018 at 7:52 am

    USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 03.10.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio Please always use updated practical instructions from the Course Moodle page! OVERVIEW & PURPOSE In this exercise your task is to calculate building efficiency ratio on different spatial scales. Efficiency ratios (e) describe the level of land use intensity … Continue reading "Practical 3: Urban without urbanity" […]

  • Assignment on 26.9
    by lottajunnilainen on September 26, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Two options: First, read the two shorts stories by Rosa Liksom (on moodle). Where do these stories take place? What can you say (if anything) about the city in which these stories take place in terms of socio-economic dynamics, and difference between different areas? Or: Second, read the article by Ameel & Ainiala (on moodle). … Continue reading "Assignment on 26.9" […]

  • Beyond Wikipedia
    by Anssi Joutsiniemi on September 23, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Exercise of Week 39 This exercise is the continuation of the week 38 task. The ‘trans-‘ catchword for the week is “transition”. The aim of this weeks blogpost is to explore the growth of Haaga settlement during the past century or two. In order to avoid repeating what others have already done, the individual challenge … Continue reading "Beyond Wikipedia" […]

  • Practical 2: Historical perspective
    by saratodorovic on September 22, 2018 at 7:50 am

    USP Urban GIS and Visual Tools 2018 26.09.2018 By Tuomas Väisänen, Sara Todorovic & Rami Ratvio Please always use updated practical instructions from the Course Moodle page! OVERVIEW & PURPOSE In this exercise your task is to digitize a route for a history walk or history bike tour in Helsinki. You can decide whether the … Continue reading "Practical 2: Historical perspective" […]

  • Reconstruct Haaga (pre 17-th century)
    by Anssi Joutsiniemi on September 16, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Exercise of Week 38 Several intellectual disciplines position nature against culture creating a strict dichotomy or at least features lying opposite ends of axis. Urban planning has a historical baggage to do the same, although recent theories reach actively beyond this dualism. The aim of exercise it to trace the natural elements from Haaga from … Continue reading "Reconstruct Haaga (pre 17-th century)" […]

  • Exercises
    by Mia Puttonen on September 14, 2018 at 10:53 am

    During the course, students are expected to: Have active presence in class Keep weekly learning diary (reflection of about 500 words), where the course contents are practiced, key concepts are critically discussed and learning outcomes are assessed. What did you hear/see/read that day? Take a look of your notes, observations, weekly reading and lecture slides and … Continue reading "Exercises" […]

  • ME, MYSELF AND I
    by piafricker on September 12, 2018 at 7:32 am

    PUT YOURSELF INTO RELATION WITH THE AREA AND MAKE A LANDSCAPE PORTRAIT OF YOURSELF. CHOOSE A TITLE FOR YOUR PORTRAIT AND WRITE A SHORT NARRATIVE Topics: Knowledge – Synchronisation – Awareness – Aesthetics – Composition – Duality – Integration – Memories – Feelings Duration: 20 min Format: Individual work Product: Landscape format photo to be … Continue reading "ME, MYSELF AND I" […]

  • IT IS ALL ABOUT THE SOUND
    by piafricker on September 12, 2018 at 7:29 am

    OBSERVE THE SITE THROUGH THE MEDIUM SOUND AND HIGHLIGHT ONE OF THE BELOW LISTED TOPICS – OR COME UP WITH YOUR OWN THEME Topics: Inhabitants – Infrastructure – Nature – Urban – Terrain Vague – Periphery – Materials Duration: 30 min Format: Pairs Product: 30 sec sound clip and map the sound on a map … Continue reading "IT IS ALL ABOUT THE SOUND" […]

  • WALK THE SECTION
    by piafricker on September 12, 2018 at 7:23 am

    TELL A STORY OF YOUR PERSONAL READING OF THE SITE BY USING THE SECTION AS MEDIUM FOR COMMUNICATION! HIGHLIGHT THE HIDDEN LAYERS AND CONNECTIONS OF THE PLACE! Topics: Scale – Dimension – Materials – Smell – Sound – Urban – Terrain Vague – Periphery – Landmarks – Geology Duration: 30 min Format: Group work (max … Continue reading "WALK THE SECTION" […]