WELCOME TO USP HOT TALKS

The series of Hot Talks tackle a variety of burning issues in the field of urban studies and planning. They are given by the best experts in the field, covering multiple disciplines. Hot talks take place every Monday at 10am in Urbarium (Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3) and are open to the public.  The series is part of an introductory course by the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning.

TIME: Mondays 10.9. – 3.12. at 10-11 am (except on 22.10.)
PLACE: Urbarium, Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3, street level)


 

PROGRAMME


10.9. BREAKING CITIES & BURNING SUBURBS
Hosts: Mari Vaattovaara, Professor of Urban Geography & Matti Kortteinen, Professor of Sociology
10:00 HOT TALK by Matti Kortteinen: “Suburbs Burning? – A frame and some questions”

17.9. OF DNA, NATURE AND CITIES
Host: Juanjo Galan-Vivas, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
10:00-11:00 HOT TALK by Eric Sanderson, director of the Mannahatta-project: “Planning for nature in a urban context: nature goals for New York City”.
11:00-12:00 Lecture 2 by Juanjo Galan: “Green infrastructure, ecosystem services and urban metabolisms”.

24.9. HEL OF A CITY – URBAN REPRESENTATIONS
Host: Laura Kolbe, Professor of European History
9:15-10 Laura Kolbe, Professor of European history: What makes a great city great?
10:00-11:00 HOT TALK by Tiina Merisalo, Director of the Helsinki City Museum: “HEL of a City and the role of City Museums

1.10. URBAN WITHOUT URBANITY
Host: Anssi Joutsiniemi, Adjunct Professor of Emergent Design Methodologies
9:15 – 10:15 Rikhard Manninen, Director of the Strategic Urban Planning Division, City of Helsinki: “Helsinki City Plan and City Boulevards”
10:15 – 11:15 Anssi Joutsiniemi: “Cities as Movement Economies”

8.10. SPIKY WORLD
Host: Tuukka Saarimaa, Assistant Professor in Urban Economics
10:00-11:00 HOT TALK by Tuukka Saarimaa: “The Economic Implications of Housing Supply”

15.10. SUSTAINABILITY & SUSTAINABLE CITIES
Host: Kati Vierikko, PhD in Environmental Sciences & Senior advisor (EIT Food)
10:00-11:00 HOT TALK by Anna-Kaisa Leino, Ministry of Environment: “Finnish national action plan for sustainable urban development”

29.10. TRUMP IN THE CITY
Hosts: Kauko Viitanen, Professor of Real Estate Economy & Heidi Falkenbach, Assistant Professor of Real Estate Economics
10:00-11:00 HOT TALK by Kauko Viitanen, Aalto University: Trump in the City

5.11. GIVE ME SPACE!
Host: Kimmo Lapintie, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
10-11 am HOT TALK by Kimmo Lapintie, Aalto University: GIVE ME SPACE!

12.11. THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL
Hosts: Ramia Mazé, Professor of New Frontiers in Design & Antti Pirinen, University Lecturer in Spatial and Service Design
10:00-10:30 Guest lecture: Helena Veidenbaum, Designer of Public Services, Innovation Lab, Government Office of the Republic of Estonia
10:30-11:00 Panel with Helena and guests: Anni Leppänen (D9 Digital Team, Finnish State Treasury), Mariana Salgado (InLand Design, Finnish Immigration Services/Migri)

19.11. DYSFUNCTIONAL URBAN ECOSYSTEMS?
Hosts: Johan Kotze, Docent of Urban Environmental Ecology & Heikki Setälä, Professor of Urban Ecosystem Studies
10:00–10:55 am Heikki Setälä: “Urban ecosystem services provided by greenspace – (dys)functional urban ecosystems?”
11:00–11:30 am Johan Kotze: “Urban biodiversity; winners and losers”

26.11. THE LONG NOW
Host: Idil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Design
9:15-11:20 Lectures
Idil Gaziulusoy (Aalto University): Urban futures in an era of socio-technical transitions: a design perspective
Aleksi Neuvonen (Demos Helsinki): Why long-term futures will matter in planning more than it used to?
Mira Jarkko (City of Helsinki): Climate Neutral Helsinki 2035 – how can we achieve it?

3.12. PROGRAMMING VS. DRAWING
Host: Pia Fricker, Adjunct Professor in Landscape Architecture
9:15-10:00 Pia Fricker “Computational Thinking – What`s next?”
10.15h > 11.15: Lecture by Aija Staffans on the topic of “Smart City – Smart City Plannings”