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    Autumn 2020

    Main Street vision

    “...frequent streets and short blocks are valuable because of the fabric of intricate cross-use that they permit among the users of a city neighbourhood.” 

    ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

    Please join this 12 sp urban design course at Aalto University Department of Architecture. 

    You can take it either as 

    ARK-E0001 Special Project of Architecture

    Urban Studies and Planning USP-E0314 USP Capstone Project 

    The course is a parallel studio collaboration with the Service Design Master Programme of Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. 

    Periods I-II 8/9/2020 – 1/12/2020

    Teaching on Tuesdays 13:15-17


    Responsible teachers:

    prof. Antti Ahlava (, 050 324 1179)

    arch. Karoliina Hartiala

    designer Jaana Tarma

    Visitors: Teemu Nojonen & Jarmo Suominen

    The RCA part is led by architect, service designer Nicolás Rebolledo.

    The focus is on the emphatic understanding, conception and design of convivial outdoor environments and temporary uses, based on social sustainability. The course is cross-disciplinary, combining the ability of service design to outline user-based environments with the architectural design of neglected urban areas with development potential for human-based milieus.

    A larger theme behind this endeavour is to correct the legacy of modernist traffic planning in a city environment. As in numerous other modernist urban areas, also in Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo – our design site –  there are no streets - just roads. The question is how to turn a road into a lively street with new amenities, which will enliven the place and increase the wellbeing of the people of the area. Another theme is adaptive regeneration. We will be operating in a place with iconic architectural heritage ¬– Alvar Aalto’s architecture. How to add new functions and structures next to a protected building?

    The task is urban design for the area, with schematic building design:

    uses and modifications of existing ground floor spaces

    temporary pavilions – extensions to present ground floor spaces and other new spaces

    outdoor developments including street furniture