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Exhibition Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale/Helsinki 2017 at Aalto University

  • Date: 13.09.2017 – 29.09.2017
  • Time: 10:00 am 6:00 pm
  • Location: Dipoli, Otaniemi campus , Otakaari 24, ground floor , Espoo

After Milan (IT), Belgrade (RS), Saint-Étienne (FR) and Ljubljana (SL), the Human Cities touring exhibition arrives at Helsinki (FI) on September 12 till September 29, 2017.

The Human Cities exhibition consists of three sections, displaying three different scales of participatory design. User-based architecture and social innovation are at the core of each exhibition.

The main exhibition in Dipoli showcases the Human Cities projects throughout Europe made by the participating Human Cities network members. This continental scale displays versatile approaches towards contemporary collaborative design in European scale, where active urbanism shows its diverse characteristics. Aalto University contributes with the local School as a Service project in Otaniemi, aims to increase the possibilities of children to access and participate the city and improve their social learning.

The second section, also located in Dipoli, presents the findings of the Exit School of Architecture project, which showcases new Finnish architecture rising from a shared local identity. It analyses the role of collaboration in Nordic Noir architecture, an interplay between architects and their clients with an emphasis on shared values and cultural mentality. This approach aims long-term improvements in the understanding and creation of meaningful milieus with local identity. The exhibition contains a selection of recently completed works by Finnish architects and a diploma works by recent graduates of Aalto University.

The third section displays work from the Helsinki Masterclass, the studio course Diversifying forms of Living, which was organized in collaboration with the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. The exhibition is called Superimposed Verticality and it scrutinizes new housing typologies which would made possible userbased flexible design solutions: horizontality and verticality, internal and external, communicative and participatory design, optimized use and social sustainability. We deliberately selected a difficult case for participatory design here: tall housing building.

Save the date: 12 September 18:00 – Human Cities exhibition opening.

The Human Cities exhibition is part of Helsinki Design Week 2017.

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