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  • Course Teachers

    Raine Mäntysalo,

    Jouni Ojala,

    Janne Oittinen,

    Oya Duman,

    Contact Person

    The main point of contact for this course's general inquiries is Oya Duman. However, you can always get in touch with any of the teachers if you need to. Contact Oya via email ( or using Microsoft Teams' chat feature.

    Course Summary

    The Planning Studio course will collaborate with the City of Hyvinkää, bringing alternative future insights through scenario work, and preparing a strategic land use and transport plan for the city, based on these scenario studies. The strategic plan for Hyvinkää enables making short range decisions, with a view on the longer-term vision and alternative scenarios and uncertainties.

    Planning Studio (10 cr) is a compulsory course in the master's programme "Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering".

    Course Structure

    The course consists of weekly learning sessions (including sessions with collaborating city officials), group work and individual studying (see Course Schedule for detailed programme). The course will be held onsite. During the course, absence of max two sessions of the scheduled joint sessions is allowed.

    For further information on the course contents, pedagogical aims and student & teacher feedback, see the article titled "Enhancing knowledge, skills and identity development through collaborative student-led learning: Experiences with the gradual empowerment of students in a planning studio course" written by Eva Purkarthofer and Raine Mäntysalo (also available in Materials section).

    Commended by AESOP Excellence in Teaching Prize Committee, July 9th, 2020:

    “The Committee appreciated the module’s structure, strong pedagogical framework,  organisation, and strong links to theory (e.g. the use of notions of the temporal framing of planning and ‘strategic incrementalism’ as guiding concepts). There were very good links to practice too achieved through the format of working with different municipalities each year. This allowed coverage of a wide range of real life issues which can be faced by a municipality and gave learners an excellent opportunity to gain first hand experience and knowledge. The module culminates in the students producing a strategic land use and transport plan and vision for the selected municipality. The ‘resilience of teaching’ aspect was well-covered.”

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    • You are a(n) Teacher
    • You are a(n) Teacher (MC)
    • You are a(n) Student
    Note: The schedule below is regularly updated and subject to minor changes throughout the course.

    Thursday 7.9., 9-12, room R3

    Introduction to the course (overview, pedagogical aims & learning outcomes, attendance requirements, assessment criteria), Introduction to Assignment 1: Data Collection & Analysis

    Thursday 14.9., 8:45-17, excursion to Hyvinkää (Studio Donner near the City Hall)

    • 8:45: Bus from Otaniemi Rakentajanaukio leaves to Hyvinkää (possibility for assignment supervision discussions on the bus)
    • 10:00-12: Introduction to land-use and transportation planning and strategic development in Hyvinkää
    • 12-13:15: Lunch
    • 13:15-16: City walk and guided bus tour
    • 16: Bus leaves to Otaniemi

    Deadline, 20.9., 23:59, submission of Assignment 1 (group)

    Thursday, 21.9., 9-16, room R3

    Group presentations on Assignment 1, Introduction to Assignment 2: Orientation to Scenario Work (individual assignment)

    Deadline, 24.9, 23:59, submission of Learning Diary 1 (individual)

    Deadline, 27.9, 12:00 (noon), submission of Assignment 2 (individual)

    Thursday, 28.9., 9-16, room R3

      • 9:15-9:25 Review of Learning Diary 1
      • 9:25-9:40 Review of Assignment 1
      • 9:40-10:00 Review of Assignment 2
      • 10:00-10:10 Break
      • 10:10-12:00 Lecture on scenario planning (incl. 10-minute break)
      • 12:00-13:00 Lunch break
      • 13:00-14:30 Lecture on shrinking cities (incl. 10-minute break)
      • 14:30-14:40 Break
      • 14:40-15:10 Introduction to Assignment 3A

    Thursday, 5.10., 9-17, room R3

    • 9:15-10:00: Instructions of Assignment 3B
    • 10:00-11:30: Work in groups, supervision available
    • 12:30-16:45: Supervision in group pairs
      • 12:30-13:30: Groups 1A and 1B
      • 13:30-14:30: Groups 2A and 2B
      • 14:45-15:45: Groups 3A and 3B
      • 15:45-16:45: Groups 4A and 4B

    Thursday, 12.10., 12:30-16:45, room R3

    Supervision on Assignments 3(A+B) in group pairs

    • 12:30-13:30: Groups 4A and 4B
    • 13:30-14:30: Groups 3A and 3B
    • 14:45-15:45: Groups 2A and 2B
    • 15:45-16:45: Groups 1A and 1B

    Thursday, 19.10., 13:15-16:30, room R3

    Pre-view of Assignment 3(A+B), preparation of presentations in Hyvinkää next week, and introduction to Assignment 4: Strategic Land Use and Transport Plan

    Deadline, 25.10, 23:59, Submission of Assignment 3A+3B (group)

    Thursday, 26.10., 8:45-17, visit to Hyvinkää (Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Auditorium Rauhala)

    • 8:45: Bus leaves from Rakentajanaukio to Hyvinkää
    • 10-16: Student groups’ presentations of alternative scenario plans for Hyvinkää (Assignment 3) and discussion on insights for the strategic land use and transport plan (Assignment 4) (~12-13: lunch break)
    • 16: Bus leaves to Otaniemi

    Deadline, 29.10, 23:59, submission of Learning Diary 2 (individual)

    Thursday, 2.11, 9-16, room R3

    • 9:15-10:30: Review of Learning Diary 2, review of Assignment 3 & lecture on collaborative land use and transport planning
    • 10:30-12:00: Lecture on strategic incrementalism
    • 13:00-16:00: Workshop on configuring the strategic plan & distribution of group tasks for Assignment 4

    Thursday, 9.11., 13-16, room R3

    Supervision on strategic plan (Assignment 4): general outline

    Thursday, 16.11., 9-17, room R3

    • 9-12: Supervision on strategic plan (Assignment 4): coordination of plan contents
    • 13-17: Seminar with John Forester

    Thursday, 23.11., 13-16, room R3

    Supervision on strategic plan (Assignment 4): review of plan drafts

    Thursday, 30.11., 13-16, room R3

    Supervision on strategic plan (Assignment 4): finalization

    Deadline, 3.12., 23:59, submission of Learning Diary 3 ( individual)

    Thursday, 7.12., 13-16, room R3

    • Review of Learning Diary 3
    • Preparation of presentation in Hyvinkää (final presentations on Assignment 4)

    Deadline, 13.12, 23:59, submission of Assignment 4 (group)

    Thursday, 14.12., 10-18, visit to Hyvinkää (City Hall Lobby)

    • 10:30: Bus leaves from Rakentajanaukio to Hyvinkää
    • 11:45-12:45: Lunch
    • 12:45-13:00: Presentation preparations
    • 13:00-15:00: Presentation of Hyvinkää strategic land-use and transportation plan & discussion
    • 15:00-15:15: Break
    • 15:15-16:00: Course feedback discussion
    • 16:00: Bus leaves to Otaniemi
  • Not available unless any of:
    • You are a(n) Teacher
    • You are a(n) Teacher (MC)
    • You are a(n) Student

  • Not available unless any of:
    • You are a(n) Teacher
    • You are a(n) Teacher (MC)
    • You are a(n) Student

    Learning diaries are written, first-person reflection on your learning and progress with the assignments. Learning diaries must be submitted individually after completion of each group assignment.

  • Not available unless any of:
    • You are a(n) Teacher
    • You are a(n) Teacher (MC)
    • You are a(n) Student