Schedule: 13.09.2019 - 13.12.2019
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
email@example.com AND 050 4720765
* This link takes you to the platform you will all be using for your course work and assignments: https://urbanacademy.fi/sandbox/studio-1-usp-304/
** We will still be using MyCourses as a formal communication channel regarding course-related information.
Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
Analyze the urban challenge theme and a particular urban situation in relation to relevant issues and theories drawn from across multiple disciplines;Demonstrate understanding of urban issues and dynamics across spatial and temporal scales, including local, regional, national and global impacts.
Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Common urban challenge studios integrate multiple expert areas to study and address contemporary urban phenomena from different perspectives. The challenge-driven educational model of the studio crosses disciplines and specializations, prioritizing design thinking, learning-by-doing experimentation, transdisciplinarity and solving societal challenges. The students will produce research exploration. For the USP-A and USP-LA students the focus will be in design work.
Details on the course content (applies in this implementation):
The Urban Challenge Studio 1 provides an introduction to challenge-driven
and research-based practice in urban planning and design. The
course alternates between scales – from macro to micro perspectives as
well as in present-day situations complemented with historical and
The studio conducts training in research and planning through project work
within the studio theme. The project work is realized through a series of
practical tasks, supported by lectures, seminars, reading and writing,
workshops and tutorials. Students will be tutored both in
inter-disciplinary groups and by tutors specialized in their
Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Active participation in the different tasks specified during the course, such as lectures and discussions, group work, field trips, presentations and final reports and research exploration. The grading is defined form 5 (outstanding) to 1 (acceptable).
Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation):
The assessment will be based on your active participation in the different
activities during the course such as the excursion, lectures and discussions, group
work, and presentations. Students are required to work on given assignments individually first, and later in groups. You
will be evaluated individually, as well as based on team work. The final results of students' course work will be included in the annual USP Studio 1 publication.
The course assessment consists of multiple parts with following shares on overall grading:
- Excursion assignments (5%)
- Weekly assignments (30%) *
- Mid-term critique (10%)
- Final output for publication (50%)
- Post-production for the publication (5%)
* all students have the right to be exempted from one (1) weekly assignment - it is suggested that each student strategically selects which will that assignment be - more than 1 incomplete weekly assignments will have re-precautions on the obtainedcourse credits - students who opt out of the exemption and complete all weekly assignments will gain a grade advantage.
Learning outcomes of exercises
The assessment of the above items is based on varying skills needed
in a multidisciplinary academic environment. The focus on evaluation of
each item is based on following exercise-specific skills.
To manage the sandbox platform and position yourself in a the USP group.
To identify aspects of urban change and information needed for complex planning tasks.
To evaluate and defend the multiple and contradictory aims of planning, and formulate a research/design problem.
Final article output:
To undertake multidisciplinary academic investigation and produce a basic, well-argued peace of work from your own discipline.
Post-production for the book:
After you receive editorial feedback you will need to finalize your work for the joint publication (in-print & online).
For grade 3 a student
– knows the basics of academic way of working (argumentation, referencing)
– is able to understand the role of analyses in future oriented planning realm
– is able to produce final output according to the given assignment instructions
For grade 4 a student
– roots his/her work on critical thinking
– is able to produce analytical study and synthesize results further in a given context
– presents a coherent output combining textual and visual information
For grade 5 a student
– shows significant maturity in understanding the background theories of his/her work
– understands the essence of planning in the nexus of critical, ethical and creative thinking
– presents analytically, technically and/or visually exceptional work in a given time frame.
The work done for improving group performance may raise grading (0,25-1 depending on quality of work)
Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation):
The studio conducts training in research and planning through project work within the studio theme. Project work is guided through a series of practical tasks, supported by lectures, seminars, reading and writing, workshops and tutorials. Students will be tutored both in inter-disciplinary groups and by tutors specialized in their professional skills.
Contact teaching on Fridays, 09:15-17:00
Total contact teaching hours: 10 x 7,75= 77,5 and 2 x 7,75= 15,5, in total 93 hours.
Upon the successful completion of Studio 1 students obtain 10 study credits, except for REE students who are required to complete half of the studio 1, obtaining thus 5 cr.
Officially, 1 study credit corresponds to 27 hours of student work.
And therefore, officially, 10 study credits correspond to 270 hours of student work.
Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Will be announced before the course begins.
Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation):
This link takes you to the platform you will all be using for your Studio 1 work and assignments: https://urbanacademy.fi/sandbox/studio-1-usp-304/
We will still be using MyCourses as a formal communication channel regarding course-related information.
*** Course material is not uploaded in MyCourses, nor the University of Helsinki Moodle site.
The course material will be uploaded in the Studio 1 sandbox (see link above), which will be maintained as part of the studio. Details on posting your assignments will be continuously discussed during Friday teaching sessions.
Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Prerequisite is acceptance to USP as ‘major’ or ‘minor’ studies option; final decision is program chair (in consultation with course leader) if the course is overbooked.
Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):
Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation):
Studio work takes place in Living + hub (Rakentajanaukio 4, 2nd floor) on
Location #2 in the map found below:
Studio 1 qualifies for 5 or 10 study credits depending on the degree program students are registered at.
Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation):
Urban Challenge Studio 1 - Autumn 2019
TARGET: "City of Malmi"
TEAM: Anssi Joutsiniemi, Michail Galanakis, Teemu Jama, Karen Buurmans-Niemi + UH support
Friday studio day arrangement:
9.00-10.30 Featured student work
Course weekly schedule 2019
PERIOD 1: ANALYSIS (Exercises 2 & 3 conducted in groups - posts uploaded onto sandbox individually)*
12.- 13.9 Suburban Excursion
Exercise: Strollology (Exercise 1 on Thu, Exercise 2 & 3 on Fri)
Check detailed program here!
* while you may work on a task as a team, in your individual post you should present your own perspective
20.9 Lecture: Design with nature
Theme of a day: TIME
Exercise for next week: Several intellectual disciplines position nature against culture creating a strict dichotomy, or at least features lying at the opposite ends of an axis. Urban planning has a historical tendency to do the same, although recent theories reach actively beyond this dualism. This can be done by searching for joint “layers”. The aim of this exercise it to trace the natural and cultural elements from Malmi, from the time before current urban processes got the dominant role over the ones that preceded them.
27.9 Lecture: Network city/ Netzstadt
Theme of a day: SCALE
Exercise for next week: Density
4.10 Lecture: What we talk when we talk about planning
Theme of a day: INSTITUTIONS
Exercise for next week: Diversity
11.10 Lecture: Urban typologies
Theme of a day: COMPLEX ENTITIES
Exercise for mid-term wrap-up:
Learning Diary: What is essential to YOU in Malmi Future?
18.10 *** MID-TERM WRAP-UP ***
Theme of a day: TOWARDS SYNTHESIS
Exercise for next week: Tagging approach & Forming groups
week 43 free
PERIOD 2: SYNTHESIS (Exercises conducted and uploaded in groups)
1.11 Lecture: Transportation and accessibility
Exercise: Refined approaches & roles in a group
8.11 Lecture: Just City
Exercise: Iteration 1
15.11 Lecture: Planning as practice
Exercise: Iteration 2
22.11 Lecture: <Theme selected to support work phase>
Exercise: Iteration 3
29.11 Lecture: <Theme selected to support work phase>
Exercise: Iteration 4
(6.12) NATIONAL HOLIDAY
13.12 Book chapters ready
University related course info