Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


During the course the students will learn to understand and study their environment through an artistic and experimental approach. Students learn to put this approach into perspective of their own fields of studies and practices. The emphasis of the course will be on the mechanism of pressure systems in our urban environment and on the concrete and circumstantial influence they have on our actions.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 20.04.2022 - 01.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Tim Smith, Denise Ziegler

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    During the course the student will be made acquainted with systems of pressure form a physical (mechanical), social, experimental and artistic point of view. Examining one concrete pressure system, the distribution of water in an urban surrounding (ie. Espoo and Helsinki water towers), leads to philosophical, experimental, artistic, social, political and juridical questions in connection to water, ownership, pressure, aesthetics and justice.

    The course consists of lectures, hands on , experimental workshops, excursions and independent working processes. There will be an exhibition in the end of the course.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Attendance 20 % of the grade
    Participation 20 % of the grade
    Final work 60 % of the grade

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 28 h
    Independent work 99 h
    Reflection 8 h

    80% attendance required


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Will be given in the beginning of the course

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    UWAS course selection criteria: Registration order is not the primary selection criteria for this course. In order to ensure that students from different programs and schools of Aalto University may take UWAS courses, the selection is also based on the variety of students' disciplines. Master's students are also welcome.

    Minimum amount of students: 7

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring V

    2021-2022 Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture: