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Ideas for renewing the Planning Law

Our team has participated in background studies to renew the Finnish Planning and Building Law. This work belongs integrally to the "Landscape" dimension of our R&D agenda - proposing elements for a systemic change towards urban society.

Relevant reports can be found from the Minintry ...

Housing Reform Competition underway

The national architectural competition to find new ideas for Finnish social housing was launched in Tampere February 28. See for materials (in Finnish): www.asuntoreformi2018.fi  Twitter #asuntoreformi2018

Key Concepts in Urban Studies 2nd edition published

The new, thoroughly updated edition of Key Concepts in Urban Studies, an international academic bestseller since 2005, is now availlable: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/key-concepts-in-urban-studies ...

Transience and Permanence - workshop papers available

University of Sheffield organised in January 2015 a high-quality workshop, titled "Transience and Permanence in Urban Development." The papers are now available: <http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/trp/research/tpudworkshop>  ...

Urbanism and Infrastructure Retrofits

Article discussing radical urban densification projects in Helsinki and Tampere is now available in my co-author Timo Hämäläinen's blog: ...

Tampere Townscape Committee active

Tampere Townscape Committee (in Finnish: Kaupunkikuvatoimikunta) has been active since 2010. I was invited to join the Committee in 2013. In the rapidly growing city, the importance of a voluntary, independent and expert-driven forum that aims to improve the quality of public space and urban ...

Public Space and Relational Perspectives by Routledge

Routledge has recently published a fresh book on public space, politics and architectural education, titled "Public Space and Relational Perspectives. New Challenges for Architecture and Planning". It is edited by Chiara Tornaghi and Sabine Knierbein from TU Vienna. Article by Andres Kurg, ...

TUT Architecture invited to facilitate Tampere city vision process

TUT School of Architecture and Tampere University's Regional Science team will facilitate a novel participatory vsion process for Tampere city centre. It's starting point is the Eteläpuisto competition, published in May 19, 2014. Our team will invite focus groups and do city walks (gåtur) to ...

Urban activism in YLE Radio 1

YLE Radio 1 will send on Monday June 2 at 5.40 pm. a program about urban activism and place-based development, focussing on Vesa Peipinen and Oranssi. The programme is called "Alistumattomuuden aikalaishistoriaa" and it'll stay in YLE Areena for 30 days. Enjoy!

Lehtovuori and team discuss Bronze Soldier in ULD XI

On May 10, Panu Lehtovuori, Andres Kurg, Martina Schwab and Siri Ermert will present a paper on the Bronze Soldier case in the annual Urban and Landscapa Days in Tallinn. See conference programme amd keynotes: http://www.artun.ee/x/uld/