Shared Urbanism

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Researcher Tommi Laitio´s (Demos Helsinki) lecture on shared urbanism especially in the context of student housing given at Aalto School of Architecture 21/3/2012 as part of a Housing Studio.

Transcript of Shared Urbanism

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Shared UrbanismStudent housing as a pioneer

of sustainable living

Image: Brenda Vértiz

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The story of Finnish housing is a story of welfare state being born.

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Finland has an incredibly strong agrarian tradition even when we think of urban living.

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Challenge of urban planning: Form follows which function?

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Information is less and less limited by location. As our basic needs are fulfilled, we move forward to lifestyles.Our home needs to fulfill greater social, societal and economic goals.

flickr dr.jd (cc)

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New Urbanism is a massive shift.



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Urban introverts Urban culture

Urban activismUrban sprawl

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And that´s not the whole story.

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Age of Wicked Problems

Problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements. The effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems. (Wikipedia)

Scarce Resources

Community-oriented individuals

Global economy


Changing population

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Hoas Lab

Partnership of Helsinki Region Student Housing Foundation and

think tank Demos Helsinki.

Hoas Lab is a two-year design project developing new models for shared and

responsible living.

Part of the official programme of World Design Capital 2012 Helsinki.

Image: Brenda Vértiz

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Hoas is expected to be a frontrunner

1. Its tenants are the leaders of tomorrow (home owners, residents, parents, builders, designers, decision makers, consumers).1. Its tenants are the future (more experimental, more educated, more diverse).3. Hoas has an excellent reputation and good relations with land owners.4. Hoas has economics of scale.

Image: Brenda Vértiz

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Traditional ways of influencing living

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Price Design Regulation

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Hoas Lab Toolbox is bigger.

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• Peer-to-peer (time bank)

• Involvement (focus groups)

• Community action (urban gardening)

• Information (Walls and Stickers)

• Social norms (Electricity savings competition)

• Tonality (few tips)

• Middle Man (hoas hosts)

• Convenience (food store in jatkasaari)

• Fulfilling real needs (shared kitchens)

Price Design Regulation Peer-to-peer

Involvement Shared action Information Social norms

Information Middle men Meeting needsConvenience

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Endorsing friction

New Urbanism: Lessons from Copenhagen

Making the community visible

Leaving room for DIT (Do It Together)

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Community of Geography

Community ofInterest

City AdministrationCity Council

Residents of Helsinki

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(Demos & NOW) 2nd prize in

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From cities as machines to cities as ecosystems. (Parempi diili)

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Testing ground this Summer: World Design Capital Pavilion

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Demos Helsinkitwitter: tommilaitio

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