Course syllabus


Public space is the realm of most of the urban activities and urban interactions. Public urban space epitomizes collective and individual values. Public space accommodates, promotes or discourages ways of living.

The Studio "Streets & Squares: Helsinki_2050 Public Space in explorative scenarios” is an invitation to learn and reflect in an open way about the roles and possibilities of public open spaces in future societies. In particular, the Studio takes the opportunity provided by the Helsinki City Plan_Vision 2050 to trigger of an overtly critical and didactic discussion about concepts like densification, boulevardisation and about the functions/design and management of public open spaces in future Helsinki.

The Studio will shift from a critical and constructive revision of the Helsinki City Plan to the concretization of specific public open spaces (streets, squares or any other type of new civic areas, excluding normative green areas) displaying the concepts, principles and visions that the students might define for the transformation of Helsinki.



The studio consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, exam and assignments. It is divided in two parts:

1) HELSINKI 2050_A City + A Public Space Vision (group work, 3 cr)
  • HELSINKI AND THE HELSINKI_CITY PLAN_Vision 2050 (2 weeks): Analysis and Diagnosis of the Public Space in the City and in the new City Plan (with special attention to the Boulevards)
  • A VISION FOR HELSINKI_2050: From conceptual to concretized frameworks (3 weeks): The challenge (850.000 people in 2050) > The Objectives and Strategies > The role of Public External Space: Advancing in the Existing City Plan OR proposing and alternative Vision and Plan -Readings (City planning: models and scenarios)
2) HELSINKI 2050_Public Open Spaces (individual or group work according to personal workplan, 6-9 cr)
  • Each student will define his/her own objectives, methods of working and schedule. Basing on the findings of the previous phase the participants are challenged to develop a well-structured design proposal for a specific site selected by themselves,
  • The design works are expected to expand the knowledge of each student on the design and management of public urban places and on the role of public spaces for the city life.
  • Exam based on KATU 2002 handbook (for Finnish students),


  • ·Pre-assignment: Motivation letter and Pecha kucha presentation
  • ·Assignment 1: Bus tour around Helsinki, 23 Jan 2016
  • ·Assignment 2: Helsinki 2050 - A City + Public Space Vision, 18 Jan - 14 Feb 2016
  • ·Assignment 3: Helsinki 2050 - Public Open Spaces: 7 Mar - 15 May 2016.


  • 1-5,
  • 70 % project work ("end product”), assessment by students' opponents / external experts / teachers,
  • 30 % learning journal ("process”).

The delay of submitted course work (assignments, course blog, etc.) affects its assessment:

  • If the work is delayed but submitted by the FIRST official submission date of the Department (1. jälkipalautuspäivä), the grade is lowered with one point (i.e. 3 becomes 2),
  • If the work is delayed but submitted by the SECOND official submission date of the Department (2. jälkipalautuspäivä), the grade is lowered with two points. (i.e. 3 becomes 1)

In the end of the course the instructors may also accept unsubmitted work which is almost accomplished, but the unfinishedness of the work is taken into consideration in the grading and the earned credits.

Last modified: Saturday, 16 January 2016, 1:43 PM