Credits: 7

Schedule: 12.09.2019 - 19.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Juanjo Galan

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Responsible teacher: Juanjo Galan (juanjo.galan@aalto.fi; +358 469221800)

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II (Autumn 2018, autumn 2019)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course students know the basics of strategic green area planning. They are able to identify and integrate in planning the key spaces and functions of urban green infrastructures, their associated ecosystem services as well as the basic conditions for their sustainable management. In addition, the course contributes to the acquisition of competences for independent research on the topic and for further learning.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Firstly, the course provides a general knowledge of the key concepts in Green Urban Planning. Secondly, the course adds contemporary concepts in Green Urban Planning and explores their interconnections (Green Infrastructures, Ecosystem services, Urban metabolisms, Nature based solutions, etc.). Thirdly, the course integrates the acquired knowledge in the analysis, diagnosis and improvement of cities and specific urban areas.

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

INTRODUCTION:

The definition of meaningful and multifunctional GREEN-BLUE INFRASTRUCTURES and the increase of the associated ECOSYSTEM SERVICES in urban areas will be the central objectives of this course.

Apart from the formal definition of Green-Blue Infrastructures, the course will study their performance, assessing with the adequate indicators their environmental, ecological and social functions, making objective and transmittable the benefits that they can provide, and showing how all the scales and contexts can contribute to the CREATION OF MORE SUSTAINABLE REGIONS AND CITIES.

In order to apply the acquired knowledge, the course will include a set of CASE STUDIES IN DIFFERENT FINNISH CITIES, in which the defined Green-Blue infrastructures will be expected to fully express their ecological, social and sustainable potentials, both at the domestic and regional scales.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

After completing the course, students know the basics of strategic green area planning. They are able to identify and integrate in planning the key spaces and functions of urban green infrastructures, their associated ecosystem services as well as the basic conditions for their sustainable management. In addition, the course contributes to the acquisition of competences for independent research on the topic and for further learning.

Specific Learning Outcomes 2018: During the autumn term 2019, the students will develop their work around the Green-Blue Infrastructure and Ecosystem Service concepts and will understand and become competent in the definition, functioning, management and performance assessment of Green-Blue Infrastructures in different urban contexts. Optionally, students can specialize in some specific aspects or dimensions of urban Green-Blue Infrastructures (e.g. storm water management, advanced management, participative design and planning, urban agriculture, carbon sequestration, etc.)

CONTENTS and METHODOLOGY:

On the course, the development and significance of urban nature, green areas, green-blue infrastructures and ecosystem services in the landscape and urban areas are explained. Students learn about green strategies, green area programmes and green area types and their use and maintenance.

  • Firstly, the course provides a general knowledge of the key concepts in Green Urban Planning. This part includes a historical review of green areas in cities, a study of the main typological green areas as well as their main assigned functions.
  • Secondly, the course adds contemporary concepts in Green Urban Planning and explores their interconnections: Green Infrastructures, Ecosystem services, Urban metabolisms, Nature based solutions, etc.
  • Thirdly, the course integrates the acquired knowledge in the analysis, diagnosis and improvement of cities and specific urban areas. This planning work is developed in teams during the whole course and covers different scales (city > district > site).
  • In addition and by analyzing different international references and multidisciplinary works, the course provides a good understanding of the global and expanding role of landscape architecture, its potential contribution in complex and multidisciplinary challenges as well as the importance of regional or local condition

The course will be organized in the following chapters and will combine theoretical lectures, seminars and a set of Case Studies: 

  • GREEN URBAN PLANNING: Basic Concepts and advanced interpretations
  • -- Green Urban Spaces: A historical review
  • -- Typological green areas: from private gardens to public parks, from boulevards to natural reserves
  • -- Functions of Green Areas
  • --Assignment: Analysis Of Green Urban System in the selected Finnish City (team work)
  • --Reading Seminar: Urban Nature and new planning paradigms
  • TOWARDS GREEN INFRASTRUCTURES: key new concepts
  • -- Green-Blue Infrastructures
  • -- Ecosystem services
  • -- Urban metabolisms
  • -- Assignment: A diagnosis about: Green Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, Sustainability and Urban Metabolisms in the selected City (team work)
  • A FINNISH GREEN URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
  • -- OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGIES (environmental, societal, cultural and visual); Assignment: Towards a Green Urban Infrastructure in the selected Finnish City (team work)
  • -- DEFINITION; Assignment: Proposed Green Infrastructure for the selected City (team work)
  • FINAL DELIVERABLES

 

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The assessment methods of the course (e.g. assignments) will promote a combined exploration of theoretical concepts and their practical application. Further information given on MyCourses.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

ASSESSMENT (Grading Scale: 0-5):

The final works will be assessed by the responsible teacher with the possible help of external experts. In order to pass the course, all the required assignments will have to be presented and passed.

  • DIAGNOSTIC ASSESSMENT: Initial assessment of the familiarity of the students with the contents of the course and identification of their main interests and expectations.
  • FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: mid-reviews and open discussions with peers and teacher
  • SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: Mainly in the final review
  • FINAL ASSESSMENT: by teacher with the possible collaboration of invited experts (70%) and Peer-Self Assessment (30%). The assessment will be based on the level of achievement of the intended learning outcomes, the level of understanding of the course contents and the capacity to generate consistent, innovative and well-presented proposals. In addition, the critical, effective and constructive participation in the discussions of the course and the advance in transversal learning outcomes will be positively valued.
  • EMPHASIS ON THE FINAL GRADE: The assessment considers the process during the course and the final review is mainly connected to the capacity to communicate and to incorporate the feedback received during the mid-reviews and discussions.
  • SELF AND PEER ASSESSMENT SKILLS The mid-reviews and the final review will support the development of self and peer assessment skills. The assessment of the level of achievement of the general and specific Learning Outcomes of the course and the advance in the acquisition of transversal Learning Outcomes will be based in a table of rubrics presented by the teacher at the beginning of the course and approved/adjusted after a collective discussion.

In the course MAR-E-1025, the assignments will have the following weight in the final grade:

  • Assignment 1 (5%)
  • Assignment 2 (30%)
  • Assignment 3 (30%)
  • Assignment 4 (25%)
  • Final Assignment (20%)
  • NOTE1: The assessment will be based in the consistent use of the concepts introduced in each assignment and in the generation of complete, innovative and well-presented solutions for the proposed tasks. The assessment of the final assignment will also consider the quality of the final deliverables (graphic, narrative and conceptual). The final grade will also consider the evolution of the student during the whole course; her/his level of involvement and his/her capacity to generate relevant discussions and to provide constructive feedback to peers.
  • NOTE2: Students will be guided by tutors and peers during the tutoring sessions and mid-reviews to improve their performance in each assignment. Due to the continuous character of the course, students will be able to improve their work in the following assignments and in the final one.

In the course USP-362, the assignments will have the following weight in the final grade:

  • Assignment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 (35%)
  • Assignment 3 (35%)
  • Final Assignment (20%)
  • NOTE1: The assessment will be based in the consistent use of the concepts introduced in each assignment and in the generation of complete, innovative and well-presented solutions for the proposed tasks. The assessment of the final assignment will also consider the quality of the final deliverables (graphic, narrative and conceptual). The final grade will also consider the evolution of the student during the whole course, her/his level of involvement and his/her capacity to generate relevant discussions and to provide constructive feedback to peers.
  • NOTE2: Students will be guided by tutors and peers during the tutoring sessions and mid-reviews to improve their performance in each assignment. Due to the continuous character of the course, students will be able to improve their work in the following assignments and in the final one.

The delay of submitted course work (assignments, etc.) affects its assessment:

  • If the work is delayed but submitted by the FIRST official submission date of the Department (1. jälkipalautuspäivä), the grade is lowered with one point (i.e. 3 becomes 2),
  • If the work is delayed but submitted by the SECOND official submission date of the Department (2. jälkipalautuspäivä), the grade is lowered with two points. (i.e. 3 becomes 1)
  • In the end of the course the instructor may also accept unsubmitted work which is almost accomplished, but the unfinishedness of the work is taken into consideration in the grading and the earned credits.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Tutored studies 45 hrs (lectures, seminars, reviews), independent study 140 hrs (readings, research and planning assignments), in total 185 hrs.

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

MAR-E1025 course (7 credits): Tutored studies 40 hrs  (lectures, tutoring of assignments, seminars, review of assignments, etc.), independent study 150 hrs (including teamwork for the assignments and individual work), in total 190 hrs.

USP-362 course (5 credits): Tutored studies 40 hrs (lectures, tutoring of assignments, seminars, review of assignments, etc.), independent study 95 hrs (including teamwork for the assignments and individual work), in total 135 hrs

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Distributed during the course

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

 Course material will be distributed during the course

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

MA.94-1230 Design of Green Spaces, replaces part of the course ARK.kand Bachelor’s Thesis and Seminar (Design of Green Spaces)

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

https://mycourses.aalto.fi/course/search.php?search=MAR-E1025

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

bachelor degree in landscape architecture or other disciplines linked to the central topic of the course

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0-5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi. See the registration times from WebOodi

 

The order of priority for admitting students to courses at Aalto ARTS 1.1.2018 onwards (approved by The Committee of Arts, Design and Architecture on 10.10.2017)

The order of priority is as follows:

  1. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have scheduled it for the current academic year in their personal study plan (HOPS);
  2. exchange students for whom the course is a part of his/her officially approved learning agreement and scheduled to be taken during the current semester;
  3. students for whom the course is compulsory for their major/programme and who have not completed it yet;
  4. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year
  5. students, for whom the course is part of his/her major’s or programme’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  6. students for whom the course is compulsory for their minor;
  7. students, for whom the course is part of his/her minor subject’s alternative studies and who have not completed the requisite number of credits for alternative studies yet;
  8. students who have applied for the course through a student mobility scheme (internal mobility within Aalto University, flexible study right (JOO) studies etc.);
  9. other students.

 

Courses that are intended to be multidisciplinary (e.g. UWAS courses) may apply an order of priority based on the learning outcomes of the course, while bearing in mind the university obligation of enabling students to complete their degrees within the normative duration of study set for the degree. The order of priority does not apply to courses organised by the Centre for General Studies or doctoral courses.

This decision on the order of priority does not influence the right of the teacher to define prerequisites for the course.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Minimum number of participants is 5 students.

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

CREDITS: 7 credits in MAR-E1025 course, 5 credits in USP-362 course

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: English.

RERSPONSIBLE TEACHER: Juanjo Galan

STUDENTS:

  • Master & PhD Students_Landscape Architecture
  • Master & PhD Students_Architecture
  • Master Students_USP Programme
  • Students of the Creative Sustainability programme
  • Master & PhD Students_School of Engineering & School of Business (with experience or education in Planning, Public Participation or Socio economics)
  • Master & PhD Students_Geography & Environmental Sciences (with experience or education in Environmental assessment, Physiographical and Human Geography, Planning or Socio economics)

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

TEACHING PERIOD and SESSIONS: I, II (12.9.2019-19.12.2019, session Thursdays 9:15-13:00, Harald Herling Learning Center (Building R015, Otaniemi)

SCHEDULE

12.09.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

Introduction to the course+ Discussion about potential Case Studies (Finnish Cities) + Creation of groups + Delivery of Readings on Basic or New Key Concepts

Diagnostic Assessment: How familiar am I with the contents of the course? What are my expectations?

Discussion about the Table of Rubrics for Peer-self assessment

Lecture 1.1: A historical review of Green Urban Spaces

Creation of Teams (3-4 people)

Workshop1: “A FINNISH CITY…”: Historical evolution, Region/City/Districts + Main structural systems (transport, green, blue, culture, services + Discussion

Final selection of cities

 

19.09.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

Lecture 1.2.: Typological Green Urban Areas

Lecture 1.3.: Functions & Uses of Green Urban Areas

VOLUNTARY Practical session: Tutored development of Assignment1: “A FINNISH CITY…”

Urban Analysis (morphology, history and society)

Environment, Ecology and Hydrology

The existing System of Open or Green Spaces (typologies, functions, use, etc.)

 

26.09.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

REVIEW ASIGNMENT1: “A FINNISH CITY…”:

Urban Form/Structure, Evolution, Land uses and future Strategic Plans

Social, cultural and demographic issues

Mobility and transport

Environment, ecology and hydrology

The existing system of Open and Green spaces

Main potentials and problems

 

03.10.19  (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

Lecture 2.1.: Green Infrastructures and Sustainable metabolisms in regional and city planning:

READING discussion 1 (2 students will discuss the same article or book chapter)

VOLUNTARY workshop session: Tutored development of Assignment2: AN EXISTING GREEN INFRA IN A FINNISH CITY:

Green infrastructure

Ecosystem services

Sustainability & Urban metabolisms

 

 

10.10.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

Lecture 2.2.: Ecosystem services

READING discussion 2 (2 students will discuss the same article or book chapter)

VOLUNTARY workshop session: Tutored development of Assignment2: AN EXISTING GREEN INFRA IN A FINNISH CITY:

Green infrastructure

Ecosystem services

Sustainability & Urban metabolisms

 

17.10.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

WORKSHOP SESSION

REVIEW ASIGNMENT2: AN EXISTING GREEN INFRA IN A FINNISH CITY: After making a general analysis of your Finnish City and a study of the typical green areas, students will be invited to extend their analysis using 3 concepts: Green Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services and Urban Metabolism:

Green Infrastructure (nature in the City): New existing spaces and elements to add to the conventional Green Areas System + some findings or ideas (consider aspects like ownership, management, connection with water, services, culture, etc.)

Ecosystem Services (benefits provided by nature or Green Infrastructure): Differentiate between provisioning / regulating-supporting / cultural services. Try to locate them in a map and use a graphic system to quantify how intense the benefits are + some findings or ideas

Urban Metabolism: Identify the main flows of matter, water, energy, waste, etc. in your City and represent them in a diagram, conceptual map, etc. + some findings or ideas

You can display your findings in plan drawings, schematic sections, pictures, diagrams, etc.

 

18.10.16 – 20.10.19 (VOLUNTARY, travel and accommodation costs partially covered by Aalto University)

VISIT to the FINNISH CITY (the travel plan needs to be approved in advance by the responsible teacher in  order to get a partial or total reimbursement of the travel costs)

Meeting with local people and authorities, Public Surveys, etc…

Field work and Field observations (verification and adjustment of the Assignment 1 and Assignment 2 + generation of ideas for the Assignment 3)

 

24.10.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

Lecture 3.1.: STRATEGIC PLANNING in Green Infrastructures + Ecosystems Services + Sustainable metabolism

VOLUNTARY workshop session: Tutored development of Assignment3:  STRATEGIC PLAN FOR A NEW GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN A FINNISH CITY

 

31.10.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

Lecture 3.2.: STRATEGIC PLANNING in Green Infrastructures + Ecosystems Services + Sustainable metabolisms

VOLUNTARY workshop session: Tutored development of Assignment3:  STRATEGIC PLAN FOR A NEW GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN A FINNISH CITY

 

07.11.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/113)

REVIEW ASIGNMENT3: STRATEGIC PLAN FOR A NEW GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN A FINNISH CITY

Green Infrastructure & Ecosystem services: CONCEPTUAL DEFINITION of spaces, functions, management, assessment

The Green Infrastructure in a Sustainable Metabolic Urban Concept

 

14.11.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/113)

Lecture 4.1: SITE DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT in Green Infrastructures + Ecosystems Services + Sustainable metabolisms_CASE STUDY_1

VOLUNTARY workshop session: PILOT PROJECTS FOR A NEW GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN A FINNISH CITY

 

21.11.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

VOLUNTARY workshop session: PILOT PROJECTS FOR A NEW GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN A FINNISH CITY

Green Infrastructure & Ecosystem services: CONCRETE DEFINITION of spaces, functions, management, assessment

 

28.11.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

REVIEW ASIGNMENT4: PILOT PROJECTS FOR A NEW GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN A FINNISH CITY

Detailed analysis of a Pilot Site or Pilot topic (spatial qualities, ecosystem services, management, public use, etc.)

Objectives, Concepts and Conceptual Design (consider the role of the Pilot Project in the envisioned new Green Infrastructure)

Advanced Design (spatial definition, new functions & ecosystem services, new management, performance assessment)

 

05.12.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

VOLUNTARY Workshop: Preparing the final Presentation

 

12.12.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

VOLUNTARY Workshop: Preparing the final Presentation

 

19.12.19 (Classroom: Learning Cerner Otaniemi R015/126)

FINAL DOCUMENTS (INCLUDING THE RESULTS OF THE ASSIGNMENTS 1, 2, 3 and 4): 4-6 A1 posters (use template provided by the teachers) + 1 powerpoint:

Analysis of the Finnish City and its Green Urban System

Green infrastructure, ecosystem services, sustainability and urban metabolisms: a diagnosis of a Finnish city

Towards a Green Urban Infrastructure in XXX (Finnish city): Strategic Plan + Conceptual design for the Pilot Site or Pilot Topic

 

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