Regional Innovation Ecosystems workshop started at Urban Mill

`Regional Innovation Ecosystems` workshop, CS 0010, 3 ECTS
30.9-11.10, Design Factory, Urban Mill, Start-Up Sauna, Otaniemi Campus

Download Regional Ecosystems poster and PRELIMINARY programme Regional Innovation Ecosystems workshop CS 0010_LM

The workshop is the Kick-Off and the pilot workshop on integrating Creative Sustainability studies in the development process of the T3 area (Otaniemi-Tapiola- Keilaniemi) in the global context (collaboration with Espoo and Shanghai cities).

The workshop is organized with local stakeholders and partners from Tongji University/Shanghai.

CASE: The main task of this workshop is to plan and design a desirable courtyard for Aalto University Design Factory, Urban Mill and Start-Up Sauna that will inspire the development of the creative community on Otaniemi Campus. The outdoor space should have following features: sustainability, creative, accessibility, reasonable function, interaction with the above mentioned buildings, surroundings (T3 area, Otaniemi, Keilaniemi, Tapiola) and stakeholders, user friendly and inclusive consideration, etc.

CS Cavessa

Course keeps its home base  in the Urban Cave.

The course is a team-based workshop that will start with context study, lectures and brainstorming, will be followed by a working studio, to develop several scenarios of how the space can be used by the people of Aalto University and its collaborators. The students will finally finish the project with a power point presentation and a poster (and a physical model). Lecturing, brain storming, group share, critique and desk review will be the main teaching tools.

Teachers in Charge:

Aalto University/CS, Programme Director Tiina Laurila, gsm:+358 50 4433977
Tongji University/College of Design and Innovation; Dean, Prof. LOU Yongqi

Workshop teachers: urban planning&design; Jarmo Suominen, architecture&building engineering; Markku Lappalainen, business&innovation; Antti Ainamo and design&art; Laura Isoniemi, Ari Laitala; land use management & real estate business, Visiting lecturers


• Pre-task 1 hours (between Monday and Wednesday)
• Lectures 12 hours
• Learning diaries, documentation 14 hours
• Literature 3 hours
• Group work 45 hours
• Presentation 6 hours


1\ basic knowledge of sustainable campus
2\ dynamics of complex urban systems
3\ holistic perspective on a design challenge
4\ human centered design approach
5\ team-working sprit
6\ intercultural communication

Schedule: 30.9-11.10 every day 9:00-16:00,
Urban Mill, Design Factory, Start-Up Sauna on Otaniemi Campus

WEEK 40 (preliminary) : 30.9-4.10

Mon 30.9, Design Factory, Studio 9:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00 Start-Up Sauna and Urban Mill
Orientation to T3 area (Otaniemi-Keilaniemi-Tapiola) , Urban Mill, Design Factory and Start Up Sauna and Aalto University Sustainable Campus activities

Design Factory, Studio 9:00-13:00
9:00 – 9:15 Introduction to the workshop, Tiina Laurila
9:15 – 10:30 Design Factory introduction – Jussi Hannula
10:30 – 12:00 Options for T3 regional strategy: Community-based innovation, managed ecosystem, and extended enterprise – Antti Ainamo
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
Urban Mill:
13:00 – 13:30 Sustainable Campus – Meri Löyttyniemi
Start-Up Sauna:
13:30 – 14:00 Start Up Sauna – Antti Niini
Urban Mill:
14:00 – 14:30 Urban Mill – Kari Mikkelä
14:30 – 16:00 Art is ON – Tuula Isohanni

Tue 1.10, Start-Up Sauna, Studio, 9:00-16:00
REGIONAL INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM lecture day, moderator Markku Lappalainen
Lectures by different stakeholders related to the development of Otaniemi campus area from city planning to real estate business and sustainable food in urban communities etc.

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee
9:15 – 9:30 Principles of sustainable urban design and practice, Markku Lappalainen, Ph.D:, Architect, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
9:30 – 10:30 Otaniemi Master plan, Janne Gordon, Architect, City of Espoo
10:30 – 11:15 Otaniemi Sustainable traffic system, pedestrian and cyclist traffic, parking and city logistics, Kaisa Lahti, Civil Engineer, Sito Ltd
11:15 – 12:00 Otaniemi Visions, Tero Vanhanen, Chief Creative Offecer, Hartela
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Real estate development in Otaniemi, Markku Lappalainen, Aalto University
14:00 – 14:30 Coffee and discussion of sustainable projects
14:30 – 15:30 Food ecosystems and urban farming, Tapio Koivu, CEO, Makery Ltd
15:30 – 16:00 Final results of the day

Wed 2.10, Design Factory, Studio, 9:00-15:30
PD6 Workshop (enhancing interdisciplinary Project Development), Laura Isoniemi
(Tiina Laurila, Markku Lappalainen, Antti Ainamo)

Thu 3.10, Urban Mill, 9:30-16:00
9:30 -10:30 Regional Innovation Ecosystem – integrating different perspectives from urban planning to business and university activities and the Europe 2020 strategy, Markku Markkula, Chair Espoo City Planning Board
10:30-12:00 Creating sustainable harmony – philosophy behind Chinese landscape design, Prof. LOU Yongji, Tongji University
13:00-16:00 Drafting the concept for the planning/design process

Fri 4.10, Urban Mill, 9:00-16:00
9:00-12:00 Drafting the concept for the planning/design process
13:00-16:00 Presenting the initial concepts, choosing the focus for the planning/design project


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