A Living Lab in the heart of town: an exercise in collaborative planning

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Come ask questions and voice your opinion in the Tammela square from September 15-25

Cities can be made more ecologically sound and economically sustainable by increasing the density of our communities, particularly along improved public transportation networks. Tammela is quickly becoming a part of Tampere’s city center. This rising district has been selected as the focus of an urban densification pilot.

Housing cooperatives own the majority of land plots in Tammela and play a central role in the area’s development.  The Tammela area will be the focus of considerable development efforts in the near future. This development has sparked the interest of local residents who are eager to contribute in the area’s development. In this interest, local residents have requested a public forum for interacting with City officials and those involved in planning the area’s future development. The “Office in the heart of town” is a mobile office space which will help to develop solutions to urban densification related issues, bringing together researchers from the University of Tampere, urban planners from the City of Tampere, and local residents.

Researchers will be present at the office from 9am to 3pm daily. The office will host a variety of themed events during which local residents can ask questions and engage in discussion on the area’s future together with city planners and visiting experts.


The office’s opening in the square will be marked on Monday, September 15th, by a visit from children from the Soilikki day-care center who will decorate the walls of the office with murals depicting their vision for the area’s future. A comprehensive range of material related to the area’s planning will be available at the office. Visitors are welcome to leave their feedback at the marked box outside of the office. Visitors can also pick up a brochure regarding infill construction in Tampere from the viewpoint of housing cooperatives.

The theme for Wednesday, September 17th, will be “Tammela as a part of the center”. Architect Minna Seppänen will be at the office to discuss the City’s Center Initiative with visitors and the lead architect for the City’s master plan Dani Kulonpää will be available to discuss plans for the center in the context of the master plan between 11am and 2pm. Architect Anna Hyyppä will be available to talk about city planning and the project’s Land Manager Heli Toukoniemi will answer questions concerning land-use agreements between housing cooperatives and the City.

On Thursday, Septmber 18th, the office will host the Pirkanmaa Real Estate Federation’s Executive Director Jorma Koutonen, who will talk about decision-making and funding of housing cooperatives while Jaakko Vihola of the Tampere University of Technology will present the calculation models utilized in densification projects from 1pm to 3pm. The theme for Friday, September 19th, will be “Eco-efficient Tammela”. The EU-Gugle and ECO2 initiatives as well as an energy-conservation app designed by Schneider Electric will be on display at the office.

Discussion at the office on Saturday, September 20th, will focus on “Visions of Tammela today and in the future”. The Deputy Mayor Pekka Salmi will be present between 2pm and 3pm. Monday, September 22nd, marks international car-free day and the office’s theme for the day will focus on issues related to transportation and parking. Tuesday, September 23rd, will be focused on Tammela’s public services, while Wednesday, September 24th, the focus will turn to green area’s and parks. On Thursday, September 25th, researchers from the University will be on hand to present interviews conducted with housing cooperatives and the results of a project carried out by architecture students as well as the District Plans currently under development.

Join us for discussion and a cup of coffee!

For the latest information on the office project please see the program’s Facebook page. You can find the page on Facebook by searching for “Kontti keskellä kylää”. The project is part of Tampere’s Architecture Week.

More information:

Helena Leino, Head Researcher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 040 190 9751

Markus Laine, Researcher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 044 503 6056

Minna Santaoja, Office project organizer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 040 531 9342


University of Tampere, Politics of Nature and the Environment Research Group (PONTE), Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI) research program:

http://www.uta.fi/jkk/en/research/themes/ponte/projects/sasui.html (in Finnish)

http://walcc.org/index.php/programs/sasui (in English)


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