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    Welcome to WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment!

    This course will be arranged both f2f and online. The links to Course Zoom and Course Miro can be found under the course schedule below. 

    Contact: Anahita Rashidfarokhi and Anise McCrone (

      • PERIOD II: 24.10 - 07.12
      • Mondays & Wednesdays at 9-12. We start at 9:00 sharp
      • Prerequisite: WAT-E3020 State of the world and development
      • Live lectures will be held in Q201 (Väre)
      • 5 ECTS = 135h

    Note: there is a limited number of students that can be accepted in the course (60 students)


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      WEEK 1: Working methods

      Monday 24 October | 9-12 (CONTACT)

      "Introduction: Definitions, Values and Working Methods" Matleena Muhonen, Academic coordinator, Aalto EDUCase network & Julia Sundman, Doctoral candidate, Aalto Department of Built Environment


      Wednesday 26 October | 9-12 (CONTACT)

      "Ukraine responses" 15 min report by Kristjana Adalgeirsdottir, Swiss Red Cross Shelter Delegate
      "Futures Studies Methods" Amos Taylor, Project Researcher, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC)

      WEEK 2: Constructing resilient communities

      Monday 31 October | 9-12 (CONTACT)

      "Sustainable Urban Mobility Systems" Milos Mladenovic, Assistant Professor, Aalto Department of Built Environment

      Wednesday 2 November | 9:15-12 (CONTACT) Note: starts at 9:15

      "Energy Security in the Future" Jaakko Jääskeläinen, Lead Energy Market Analyst, Energy Exemplar

      WEEK 3: Constructing resilient communities

      Monday 7 November | 9-12 (CONTACT)

      "Decolonising Development" Isabel Baudish, Research assistant, Stockholm University


      Wednesday 9 November | 9:30-12 (ONLINE) Note: Starts at 9:30

      "Social ecology & Decolonising practices: A matrix of future possibilities Nasser Golzari, Nick Beech & Samir Pandya, University of Westminster

      WEEK 4: Disasters and humanitarian response

      Monday 14 November | 9-12 (CONTACT)

      "Natural hazards" Philipp Schmidt-Thomé, International Operations Director, GTK


      Wednesday 16 November | 9-12 (Online)

      "Public health during humanitarian crises" Sohaib Khan, assistant professor, University of Eastern Finland


      WEEK 5: Disasters and humanitarian response

      Monday 21 November | 9-12 (CONTACT)

      "Humanitarian logistics" Diego Vega, Deputy Director of HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics


      Wednesday 23 November | 9-12 (CONTACT)

      "Humanitarian logistics" Diego Vega, Deputy Director of HUMLOG Institute, Hanken School of Economics

      WEEK 6: Services for the built environment 


      Monday 28 November | 9-12 (ONLINE)

      "Harnessing the digital economy for development in rural and semi-rural areas" Peter Kalanzi, Consultant

      Wednesday 30 November | 9-12 (ONLINE)

      "Energy accessibility and transition in rural areas" Eva Kagiri, Program Manager, ARMA UK 


      WEEK 7: Conclusion

      Monday 5 December | 9-12 (NO LECTURE)

      "Independent Student Work" (ROOM Q201 at Väre is available for working on assignments). 

      Wednesday 7 December | 9-12 (CONTACT)

      "Closing Seminar" 

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    • Small individual and group tasks (grading scale pass/fail) will be given on a weekly basis, following the weekly themes. A final individual portfolio assignment (graded 1-5)  and a peer evaluation will be required after the course ends. 

      Course Assessment Criteria:

      - 80 % attendance. 3 absences without compensatory assignment. With more than 5 absences, the course cannot be passed. Contact Anise or Anahita for more info on compensatory assignments. 

      - The quality and your activity in the group work as well as in lectures will have an effect on final grading! Your group work activity will be evaluated by your peers on a scale 1-5. 

      - Full attendance and meeting deadlines may raise the final grade by + (0,25).