Ex.7 Turning problems to qualities

Ex.7 Turning problems to qualities

Your contribution is expected to be a piece of work of plan-making organised based on USP co-working and well-grounded analysis. The work is done in self-organising groups within a hypothetical institutional setting:

Mayor:   Anssi (to be asked for resources)

City council:       Michail, Teemu, Karen (to pitch your ideas to)

Planners:           Students of 2020


A group contribution can be understood as a small academic research project supported with a location-based design proposal. Along with text you may also include, diagrams, tables, drawings, charts, sketches, etc.

Your group contribution must have connection to the overall plan of the project area (that will be polished in the post-production phase). More detailed instruction of shared data format later on. The nature of final output builds on the zoning tradition, with quality definitions built by your working groups.

The length of the written text is expected to be approximately 1500-2500 words per each group participant. The overall length depends on the amount of work included in the analyses or design included. These numbers are indicative and always refer to the total word count including the list of references.


In order for your contribution to be academically sound, you must follow certain standards. The link below is a good initiation to what we mean by academic standards.

We can safely say that our basic criteria for academic writing are:

·      structure (roughly speaking: Introduction, Background, Discussion, Conclusions)

·      clarity of expression (use of active voice, simple not simplistic language, one sentence one idea, etc.)

·      ·argumentation (demonstrate your ability of critical thinking, avoid black/white extremes, do not state the obvious but do not take things for granted either, present viable alternative views on a theme, if you are biased at least explain this, etc.)

·      references to other work (after your brief desk research, be able to demonstrate that you are aware of theoretical and practical work relevant to your topic - you, however, do not need to be an expert on the topic)

·      creativity (your ability to narrate using whatever media you decide to work with, be it illustrations, graphs, design, text, video, collage, etc.)


A link below that concerns thesis writing but gives very good guidelines that are relevant to any academic text – even a brief contribution like the one you are expected to deliver. There are more resources like this and you are welcome to explore the field if you wish.


For this USP publication the reference system to follow is the Harvard system found here: https://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm

PLEASE, remember that you are not supposed to do the layout of your articles. Do not worry about the layout, since there will be a graphic designer who will take care of the whole book. 


During the lay-out and post-production phase of the book there will be certain issues to take care of. We will be discussing about these at a later stage but below are some tips you might want to keep in mind:

·      the printable size of any material that will be used (which can’t exceed A4, and look at the illustration on the monitor in actual size and decide on its readability)

·      export images and graphics in vector format or in case of raster output printable resolution (no less than 300 dpi)

·      provide working files for the designer (not just jpeg, but Illustrator or another working file that can be edited)