International
Federation for
Housing and
Planning

21st IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School

Date(s): 
Monday 10.08.2015 to Saturday 22.08.2015
Location: 
Finland

High-quality lectures, full-day Helsinki excursion, hands-on collaboration with planners and urbanists in two Finnish cities, and a concluding event to share experiences.

The traditional IFHP Summer School of Urban Planning and Design continues in 2015. The event is now co-organised by Aalto University and Tampere University of Technology. Its format is slightly polished, but the key elements stay the same: high-quality lectures, full-day Helsinki excursion, hands-on collaboration with planners and urbanists in two Finnish cities, and a concluding event to share experiences.

 

Theme

The theme of this year’s Summer School is More with Less - From Resource Scarcity to Social Abundance.

 

The challenge of the Summer School is to look beyond our current conception of sustainability. Built environment needs to be understood as a part of the ecosystem. To compensate the negative externalities of human processes, cities’ built environment should outperform the natural environment in terms of species diversity and carbon balance.

 

How can we find urban planning solutions that could both save natural resources and improve urban environments? How can this also support social cohesion and diversity – create new urban settings, and combine users and actors differently? In this context, both shaping existing places and making new places is important. So is creative integration of spaces and processes.

 

Structure of the Summer School

The first days of the course are spent at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus. This part of the course consists of lectures on topics related to the theme More With Less and Finnish architecture, planning and culture. There will also be a full-day presentation of the City of Helsinki, including a tour of recent planning projects. This section of the programme aims at facilitating the practical work in the main part of the Summer School.

 

The core of the event is the active period of nine days in Turku and Kotka following the opening section. The participants will be divided into two groups and travel to the partner cities where active project planning and workshops will take place. In workshop cities participants are invited to analyse the existing conditions and to suggest innovative and realistic improvements to the environment of the planning area. Working in small groups, the participants will make their own proposals in accordance with the theme of the course. Work will be tutored by experienced planners and other experts of Urban Studies and the final proposals will be presented to decision-makers, the general public and the local press.

 

The working language of the course is English. A perfect command, however, is not required. There will be mutual assistance within the groups.

 

From 2015, the Summer School grants students for 5 ECTS.

 

 

More information

You will find information about this year's theme, workshop cities and application procedure on the dedicated website

 

Contact information

IFHP Project Manager, Giulia maci: g.maci@ifhp.org

 

We are looking towards an excellent Summer School in August 2015!