Researchers from the Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI) program joined researchers from three separate programs (the Action-oriented Urban Living Lab and Energizing Urban Ecosystems/Otaniemi Campus Development programs, PEKA), which studied innovative forms of urban development and planning in the context of the Otaniemi area, gathered at the Aalto Built Environment Lab’s Urban Mill to present their findings and open the floor to discussion. The SASUI program’s findings will be detailed in the project report which will be released in the coming month. In the interest of inspiring lively and productive discussion, the seminar’s organizers invited a comprehensive group of participants from academia, city government, architecture firms and other urban development related companies, as well as local residents.

Presenting the group’s findings on the challenges and benefits of new hybrid models of cooperation bring to urban development in an age of increasing sustainability demands, SASUI program researcher Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé emphasized the need for flexibility in planning in order to allow for the development to respond to new challenges along the course of its progress.

The SASUI program’s findings received a positive assessment from Päivi Ahlroos, Development Manager for the City of Espoo, who praised the program’s contribution to the development of understanding regarding new models for integrating multiple parties in complex urban development processes.

The SASUI program’s research into the evolving requirements of urban design and planning will be continued in a new research program, Redefining City Districts, which includes among its research team researchers from the University of Tampere who carried out the SASUI program’s Tampere study.

Look here for more information on the other programs present at the seminar:

Action-oriented Urban Living Lab (APRILab) 

Otaniemi Campus Development (Otaniemi OK) 

Principle-based planning and agent-based modelling (PEKA) 

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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.