Course program


Below is the program of the final critique day on the 14th of December.


Each student has FIVE minutes to speak about, or present your project/article by answering to the following questions:

  1. Your point of view?
  2. Your most important conclusion/result?
  3. The most important thing you learned through your work?
  4. If you were to introduce your work in ONE sentence to someone outside your field, what would that sentence be?


09:15-10:30               Identities & Populations (working titles)

  1. Jaana von Denffer
  2. Karolina Toivettula
  3. Kamilla Kreice
  4. Joonas Salmijärvi
  5. Anna Ahlgren
  6. Babak Firuuzi Fooladi
  7. Tuomas Harju
  8. Asta Hiippala
  9. Lauri Ovaska
  10. Haaga Tuomas Tavi
  11. Antti Virolainen
  12. Nyurguyana Pavlova
  13. Katie Butcher

10:30-11:00               Discussion

11:00-11:10               BREAK (10min.)

11:10-12:00               Planning and Social capital & Infill and Green Infrastructure (working titles)

  1. Johannes Mesimäki
  2. Dan Ronimus
  3. Arttu Antila
  4. Rachel Jones
  5. Juho Hänninen 
  6. Tommi Henriksson
  7. Chaowen Yao
  8. Paula Piirainen

12:00-12:20               Discussion

12:20-13:45               LUNCH

13:45- 14:20              Public space and Communities (working title)

  1. Sirpa Ojansuu
  2. Egle Pilipaviciute
  3. Yen-chi Liang
  4. Jiayi Dong
  5. Mathew Page
  6. Nandara Mendes

14:20- 15:00             Discussion & wrap up – THE END

** It is also your responsibility to keep this schedule – stick to 5 minutes or less each

*** If you think so you could post your demo on your blog beforehand to avoid wasting time connecting lap-tops, etc. You may also choose to go no-tech.


“Excursions on transurban”

The Studio course is built around the neologism of transurban. It fact it is so new that we just coined it during the preparation of this Studio I Course. Obviously it turned out that someone else have invented the word. Therefore, if you manage to find an existing description for it, it is unlikely what we are looking for. 1

Instead we want to start from the varying meaning of the word trans and use it as reference of multivariate texts. Etymological background is in Latin trāns ‎(“on the other side of”‎), meaning also “across, beyond”.
Ultimately we are tracking traces of change in urban arena.

The site in focus is Haaga area, but the observations are reflected in regional, national and global context.

General arrangement of course

General outline for the studio work is based on weekly division for individual work (Thursday) and group work (Friday).

Over the semester the work is divided in two. First half of the work are aiming to create sufficient to formulate research and/or design problem. The character of the work is are exploration and multi level reading (of site and literature). Themes are derived from weekly topics of Introductory course (USP-301). Since the nature of studio course is to integrate the studies in first USP semester all cross-references to other ongoing courses are also more than welcome.

The nature of the work shifts in mid-term critique from exploration to more focused examination of chosen problem areas. Work is done to support the disciplinary characteristics of individual students, thus the final outputs vary from research articles to site specific designs.

Course outputs

Weekly assignments are done in a form of a blogpost. 2 Weekly exercises are meant for processing the information and weekly topics is applied context rather than aiming for any definite synthesis of the specific field. Therefore the form of these first texts is open and target more towards the fellow students and general audience 3 than for wider academic field. Exercise details are given roughly a week in advance. Links to weekly exercise are found in schedule below.

Second half of the course consists of individual and group tasks. The final form of the work is an article in scientific publication. Student specific research/design aspects and outline for the USP book 2 4 are agreed in mid-term critique.

The final output of the course is in a form of research articles which are compiled in USP book vol 2. Editorial work as joint work of teachers and students. A student editor is chosen to coordinate the work-in-progress.

Schedule week by week

Each studio Friday starts at 9.15 at Living+ Hub. 5

Schelude of the day is:
09.15-09.45 Wrap-up/heeling session (if needed)
09.45-11.15 Discussion & presentation of individual works
12.30-15.00 Group discussion, consultation and finalizing blogposts

Friday 21 September
Intro course theme: On DNA, cities and nature
‘Trans-‘ theme of exercise: Transparent

Friday 28 September
Intro course theme: HEL of a city
‘Trans-‘ theme of exercise: Transition

Friday 5 October
Intro course theme: Urban without urbanity
‘Trans-‘ theme of exercise: Transport

Friday 12 October
Intro course theme: Spiky world
‘Trans-‘ theme of exercise: Transaction

Friday 19 October
Intro course theme:
‘Trans-‘ theme of exercise: Translation
Exercise of the mid-term critique:
Work is compiled from the exercises of previous weeks

MID-TERM WEEK (22.-26. October)
No Studio teaching

The Second semester
The work in second semester is arranged according to the needs of joint publication. The Friday schedules follow the generic structure of Studio Fridays, with exception that some presentation are in a form of a lecture to support on-going work.
Group sessions and lectures for studio work are arranged according to course schedule on:
Friday 2 November
Lecture by Janne Antikainen and Jouko Järnefelt by MDI about understanding data in development consultation for society.

Friday 9 November
Friday 16 November
Friday 23 November
Friday 30 November
Friday 7 December

Friday 14 December