It was a rare opportunity and treat to hear Rikhard Manninen, Head of Strategic Planning Division at City of Helsinki, and Professor Anssi Joutsiniemi from Aalto University explaining the multi-layered urban evolution of Helsinki from the first plan a few centuries ago and into the future. The afternoon exercise took students into the known and unknown territories of measuring. The results were indicative of the relational nature of “measuring”. Students measured distance, sound level, cyclists and pedestrians disrespectful of crossing codes, users of public space, colors, greenery, paving patterns, likeability, and so on and so forth. The complexity of urban scale became quite evident as well as the subjective interpretations of measurements.

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