Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging development and growth 14.5. – welcome!

The conference ‘Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging development and growth’ brings together the ‘Urbanising Society’ research projects funded within the ‘Strategic Research Programme’ 2016‒2019 hosted by the Academy of Finland. These projects have examined diverse dimensions of recent urbanisation and subsequent impacts on Finland and other countries. The conference increases understanding on the topic and makes research knowledge usable in general decision-making processes and in urban and community planning.

Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 at 10:00-17:30
Venue: Aalto University, Main building Dipoli, Auditorium: Lumituuli (address Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)

At 15:25-16:00, the DAC project will provide an exciting presentation of four citizen-driven scenarios on urbanisation in Finnish ”Urbaani elämä 2030″ – asukaslähtöiset kaupungistumisen skenaariot”.

See the full programme here (pdf).

The conference is free of charge and open to everyone interested in the topic. However, prior registration is required. Participants are invited to register no later than Wednesday 8 May 2019 by using this link.

Registration for students
Please note! Students are welcome to participate in the conference using this student registration link. Registration no later than Wednesday 8 May 2019. Lunch is not included for the students.

More information here. Welcome to the Conference!

Call for contributions: Reflecting experiments and interventions in environmental social science

Are you working with experiments and interventions in environmental social science? Join this collective reflection event at the 23th annual colloquium of the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences!

NATURECULTURES  – Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences YHYS Colloquium November 22–23, 2018
VENUE: University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Sápmi, Finland
PROGRAMME: Keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and a pre-conference early career researcher meeting
WHAT TO DO NEXT: Send short synopsis of your argument (max 250 words) by September 3, 2018 – read more below

Workshop: Collective reflection on experiments, experimentation and interventions in environmental social science

Experiments and interventions are being increasingly called upon to test and invent solutions to sustainability problems. They are encouraged as dynamic means to develop new technologies, practices, institutional designs or governance arrangements, but also to invite new actors to their invention. Experimental designs have a long tradition in laboratory sciences. In social sciences action research has applied interventions as a means to address wicked social problems. Lately, in transition studies experiments have been highlighted as an engine for sustainability transitions. Science and Technology Studies remind that experimentation should keep as attentive for new imaginaries. All these various methodological approaches evoke rather different imaginaries for experiments, interventions and their outcomes.

In this working group we want to encourage discussion on the varying uses, motives and outcomes of experiments and interventions in environmental social science. We invite reflections on 1) varying experimental settings, tools, methods and concepts; 2) their different societal outcomes; 3) experiments and interventions as means to mobilize and create new imaginaries and collectives; 4) the changing role of research/ers in experimental settings and in interventions; 5) ethics of experimentation and intervention research.

The working group is organized around reflective talks followed by a collective discussion. Each participant is welcomed to give a reflection on their uses and outcomes of experiments, experimental research or interventions. The reflections can be based upon practical experience or theoretical elaborations. Creative ways to give the talk are welcome. We devote most of the time in the working group to joint discussions.

Please send short synopsis of your argument (max 250 words) to the conveners by 3.9.2018. We aim to compile a commentary on the joint discussion to the

Session Conveners:
Maija Faehnle (, University of Tampere, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Juha Hiedanpää (, Natural Resource Institute, Luke
Minna Kaljonen (, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Helena Leino (, University of Tampere
Taru Peltola (, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

More information at the YHYS Colloqvium website.



Alvar Aalto Symposium presents new housing solutions for cities in change

The 14th International Alvar Aalto Symposium ”New housing solutions for cities in change” will focus is on current challenges and possibilities of future housing design and construction in urban areas.  You are warmly welcome to join! The Symposium will be arranged in 30−31 August, 2018 in Jyväskylä, Finland.

The programme will provide food for thinking especially on four specific viewpoints: Cultural variables, Sharing, Adaptability and Emerging typologies. The speakers of the Symposium represent a wide, multidisciplinary group of professionals and experts from the fields related to the symposium theme.

These include four researchers from the Dwellers in Agile Cities project Elina AlataloKatja MaununahoSini Saarimaa and Jyrki Tarpio. They will provide insights to self-organised shared spaces of work, integrated housing upon the diversity of everyday life and urban apartments’ potential from the perspective of personalization. Moreover, they will present the first draft of the Cook Book of Agile Housing, a tool encouraging implementation of promising solutions for spatially flexible, dweller inclusive housing solutions.

The speakers include also Finnish experts Selina Anttinen, Jaakko Blomberg and Antti Lehto, and international experts e.g. Stephen Bates (UK), Damiano Cerrone(Italy), Édouard François (France), Mikkel Frost (Denmark), Ola Nylander(Sweden), Kristien Ring (Germany), Verena von Beckerath (Germany), Anne Kaestle (Switzerland), Peter Pichler (Italy), Jeremy Till (UK) and Elli Mosayebi (Switzerland). Read more about the speakers here.

The chair of the event is Finnish architect, professor Markku Hedman who also is a former leader of one of the sub-projects of the Dwellers in Agile Cities project.

See the whole programme here.  You can also follow the Symposium in Facebook.

Lower-priced early bird tickets are available until June 30, 2018 here.

Alvar Aalto Symposium is an international forum for discussion on contemporary architecture. It is a triennial event, that brings professionals from around the world together to engage in current topics in architecture. The aim is to raise critical discussion about the artistic, social and technical challenges of contemporary architecture.

Experiments on Urban Participation -seminar 17.4.2018

Experiments on urban participation -seminar discusses topical issues on public engagement in urban environment.

It brings together scholars and practitioners who have been involved in experimenting or studying public engagement with novel and innovative means. The seminar offers a space to reflect the diversity of participation practices and discuss what consequences the new means of public engagement might have on the development of local democracy and urban communities.


Place: Lielahden kartano, Hiedanranta, Lielahdenkatu 10–12, 33400 Tampere

How to get to Hiedanranta.

11-11.15 Liisa Häikiö, Pauliina Lehtonen: Opening words

11.15-11.45 Katarzyna Radzik-Maruszak (University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska): How elected representatives perceive new participatory tools? Research from Poland, Slovenia, Finland and the UK

11.45-12.15 Eeva Luhtakallio (University of Tampere): Seeing, recognizing, valuing: Tracing avoided politics and participation in a Finnish working class suburb

Lunch (self-covered)

13.30-14.00 Salome Tuomaala (University of Tampere): Encouraging community inclusion in a multicultural neighbourhood of Hervanta

14-14.30 Leonardo da Costa Custodio (University of Tampere): Media and participatory practices in Brazilian favelas

14.30-15.00 Pauliina Lehtonen (University of Tampere): Shifting the power to people – experiences from partici-patory budgeting as part of neighbourhood renewal

15.00 Coffee

15.15-16.30 Discussion

Comments from Antti Leskinen (City of Tampere), Helena Leino and Markus Laine (University of Tampere)

Participation is free, coffee included. We kindly ask you to register for the seminar by 5th April.

You can register here.

Seminar is organised by Academy of Finland research projects Dwellers in Agile Cities and Globaalin menetelmän paikalliset tulkinnat.

For more information, please contact: pauliina.lehtonen(AT

The Future of Refugee Protection and Community Relations in Finland – seminar 1.12.2017

We welcome you warmly to join a seminar on the future of refugee protection and community relations in Finland. The seminar is organized at the University of Tampere on Friday 1st December, 12-17 o’clock. The venue is lecture hall PinniB 1100.

Since 2015 refugee protection, asylum policy, the situation of the undocumented, forced returns and social polarisation have emerged as recurrent topics in the Finnish public and political debates. Societal developments and discourses affect people’s lives and their feelings of security and belonging in many ways. This became blatantly clear after the Turku attack, 18th August 2017. The position and rights of asylum seekers, both those in the process and those with a final negative decision, have become topics of heated debate. Besides newcomers in the society, these debates are reflected also on people who have received a refugee status, or who might have formal citizenship.

The seminar responds to a need to create a space to discuss what is happening in the field of refugee protection and how these developments affect not only individual lives, but also community relations. To explore the connections between these spheres, the seminar brings migrants, asylum seekers and refugees together with decision-makers, professionals and experts on integration and human rights. The talks and commentaries offer insight into how asylum seekers, refugees and migrants claim their place in society. The final session of the seminar addresses the human rights effects of current developments and sheds light on Finnish asylum policy from a human rights perspective.

Please find the detailed program of the seminar below or download it here.

The seminar is free of charge, coffee included. However, due to the limited number of seats and the coffee service, we ask you to register for the seminar by 28th November.  Registration is done by filling in the form. Link here.

The invitation can be distributed forward.

Dwellers in Agile Cities (DAC) is a project funded by the Academy of Finland Strategic Research Council. The seminar has been planned in collaboration with participants in the Mun Kaupunki process where researchers of the DAC project have worked together with young adults with a migrant background to understand what kind of processes, practices and policies affect people’s sense of place and belonging. The aim of the Mun Kaupunki process is to find ways in which the voices of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees could be considered in fulfilling their welfare needs and desires for inclusion in society.

For more information of the seminar, please contact Eeva Puumala,

Seminar program

12.00-12.15 Opening words
Professor Liisa Häikiö

12.15-13.30 Tampere kaikille? – films and photos by young asylum seekers on their lives in Tampere
Panelists: Rajkumar Sabanadesan (leadership coach), Juhana Suoniemi (member of the Tampere city council), Ahmed Ramzi (Mun Kaupunki -project), Selene Gama (Mun Kaupunki -project)

Chairs: Henna Luoma-Halkola (University of Tampere) and Jarkko Salminen (University of Tampere)

13.30-14.30 Session 1: Refugees and asylum seekers as a part of the Finnish society

Psychiatrist Tapio Halla (Psychiatric policlinic for immigrants, City of Tampere)
“Traumatised refugees and daily functioning”

Project Coordinator Mia Luhtasaari (TRUST Project, Ministry of Justice)
“The official safety discourse’s effects on good relations and attitudes towards immigration”

Chair: Anna-Kaisa Kuusisto (University of Tampere)
Commentator: Ali Amer Hasan (Mun Kaupunki -project)

14.30-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-16.00 Session 2: Human rights, asylum policy and refugee protection

Senior Officer Heidi Lempiö (The Office of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman)
“Human Rights approach to Refugee Protection and Asylum Policy”

Expert in refugee issues Kaisa Väkiparta (Amnesty International)
“Asylum seekers’ human rights: do they exist in Finland?”

Chair: Eeva Puumala (University of Tampere)
Commentator: Imran Adan (Mun Kaupunki -project)

16.00-16.45 Discussion: towards sustainable policies and good community relations?
Chair: Liisa Häikiö (University of Tampere)

16:45-17:00 Closing words

Workshop with action research: My experience of good/bad residence? – Personal stories inspiring future housing

This workshop by Dwellers in Agile Cities project will inspire future housing with a collaborative drama intervention, zooming into personal follow-up stories of good/bad housing in the cities. Welcome to learn from housing experiences of the others and share your own!

Date: August 18, 2017

There will be two similar workshops, you can chooce the first at 13.00-13.45 or the second at 14.00–14.45.

Venue: Kalliolan Setlementtitalo, Sturenkatu 11, Helsinki

The discussion will be facilitated based on the interests of the participants. Potential themes include different dwellers (age groups, refugees, handicapped, poor, rich, single, families), technology, smart houses, smart transport, artificial intelligence, digitalization, new work, sharing economy, circular economy, material efficiency, climate change, weather, floods, renewable energy, distributed energy production, new planning practices, regulation.

The workshop is a part of YIMBYcon 2017, an international event that brings together urban activists in Helsinki, Finland on August 18-19, 2017. Shortage of urban housing is one of the biggest problems cities and societies face today. The YIMBY (Yes In My BackYard) movement proposes that building more, especially in downtown areas, is a crucial part of the solution.

The conference programme can be found here.

Registration: please mark yourself as participant to the YIMBYcon 2017 Facebook event.

Photo: Jouko Myllyoja

Let’s live together! – Design Workshop on Co-housing on Tuesday 30.8.

Dwellers in Agile Cities will organise Let’s live together! -Design Workshop on Co-housing as a part of Tampere Design and Architecture Week.

The workshop is held on Tuesday 30.8. from 6 to 8 p.m. in Ravintola 931. The workshop is part of the official programme of Tampere Design and Architecture Week.

Densification invites not only to share the city, but also to share the personal home. Do you recognize this thought: I would love to live with other people, if… if what? What kind of spatial solutions are missing in co-housing? What works, what does not?

Come and add on to some inspiring plans we have preselected as basis! Meaning DESIGN YOUR SPECIAL CO-HOUSING DREAM to actual properties in Tampere, to apartments that one could rent or buy at the moment. It is a rare situation when a community can build a new house for themselves. So we will now try together how the most promising and typically available apartments or buildings fit for different communities and different needs.

We want to encourage out-of-a-box thinking about co-housing. Our individual needs are becoming more and more special. What spatial luxury and speciality could one have through sharing? Renting a historical flat no one family could alone afford? Having a kitchen like restaurants? There are also dweller groups of social vulnerability with special needs. What kind of well-being and everyday support could co-living bring, especially if people with different backgrounds mix? Active seniors, integrating immigrants, youth not dropping out, young mothers with free-time? Babysitting, music lessons, new language?

How could flexible solutions in co-housing answer to these?

And most important of all, how to do it yourself? What kind of old flats fit well for community housing? What supports, what hinders co-housing? Practical exchange of hints!

While workshopping, we invite you to discuss these issues with people doing research on, living in, starting up or designing co-housing!