A central area of concern in developing a city area, alongside core aspects such as transit and housing, is the development of a city’s public service network. Extensive densification or revamping projects, such as the one currently under development in Tampere’s Tammela district, provide an ideal opportunity for the City and its residents to reassess the state of its public service network. Such transitional points can serve as a time for considering how shifts in population density have altered the demographics in certain areas of a city and whether the City’s public services could better serve their target customer groups in new locations.

The Tammela area is home to a public service center which serves Tampere’s elderly community, offering a wealth of services for the elderly to enable them to continue living in their own homes rather than moving into a retirement home. The center offers registered elderly members reduced rates on meals as well as fitness facilities and group activities and serves as a vibrant center of the elderly community’s activity. Among the plans the City is weighing in the development of the Tammela area is relocating the service center. The new location would make it possible for the service center to offer the elderly community a new modern facility with improved services and an emphasis on improved accessibility.

Sisko Hiltunen, planning manager for the City, visited the Tammela market square office on Tuesday to answer questions regarding the future of the Tammela service center. Many elderly area residents voiced their concerns regarding the relocation of the service center, concerned that the new location would be more difficult to reach on public transit. Sisko Hiltunen engaged in discussion with a number of residents for whom the service center was a central part of their lives, providing a vibrant social network alongside its variety of activities and services. These concerns and perspectives will support the ongoing planning and development work regarding the future of Tammela’s service center.

Local residents gathered at the Tammela market square to discuss the area's future

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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.