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.
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.
- 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”.
- Further adjustment can be done from the Customize menu (from the top bar in Front end). This is then the “detail plan” level.
- 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I’m on the way to find myself like everything is pursuing a right place in this universe.
As we passed through the green ‘fingers’, I was thinking about the contrast in the way we talk about and experience urban and natural environments. We often talk about ‘overshadowing’ and ‘disconnection’ as symptoms of poor planning in an urban context. However these same terms can take on a positive connotation when we talk about ‘immersing’ ourselves in nature.