Eric Richert: Evolution of work environments

In a fresh RYM Video Channel presentation Eric Ricter, Board member ja Senior adviser in Optimaze Inc., introduces his five visions for work environments, which are: Factory, Company town, Open platform, Community and Results only. Focusing on actual work process driven solutions and prorotyping before closing the solution is recommended.

Optimize Pattern Book

This presentation gives good insight to Urban Mill’s development approach, too.  Urban Mill’s emerging service model equals to a combination of Ricters’s three last visions, namely Open Platfom, Community and Results (for the benefit of Regional Innovation Ecosystem) driven working environments.

Instead of futurists, let’s be now-ists: Joi Ito at TED2014

Yes, learnt at Urban Mill too: ”Of course, this new model is scary. Bottom-up innovation is chaotic and hard to control,” he says. But it’s a better way. It’s a way that lets you pull resources—both human and technical—when you need them rather than hoarding what you think you’ll need before you start. And we need to educate children to think along on these lines. “Education is what people do to you and learning is what you do for yourself,” says Ito. “You’re not going to be on top of mountain all by yourself with a #2 pencil … What we need to learn is how to learn.”

”Ito urges us to follow a compass rather than a map. Instead of planning out every exact points before you start, allow yourself to make the decisions you need as you go in the general direction of where you need to be.

“I don’t like the word ‘futurist,’” he says. “I think we should be now-ists. Focus on being connected, always learning, fully aware and super present.”

TED Blog

Joi Ito. Photo: Photo: James Duncan Davidson Joi Ito. Photo: Photo: James Duncan Davidson

On March 10, 2011, Joi Ito was in the MIT Media Lab, in discussions about whether he should be the next director of the mythical innovation space, when he heard that a major earthquake had hit the Pacific coast of Japan.

“My wife and family were in Japan,” he says. ”As news was coming in, I was panicking. Listening to the press conference and hearing about the explosion at the nuclear power plant, all I could think about was how our house was 200 kilometers away.”

Ito wasn’t hearing useful information on the news. ”So I got on the internet and tried to find out if I could take matters into my own hands,” he says.

There, Ito found others concerned, with bold technological ideas about how to get information out to the people about the situation in Japan. They formed a group called Safecast that created…

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RYM INDOOR: Good results through quick demo projects

Strong showing of Indoor Environment Program at sector top event

2014-03-19 • RYM Oy
The Indoor Climate Seminar conducted by the Indoor Climate Association and Aalto University HVAC Research Group is the biggest construction sector training event in Finland. This year more than 1300 experts from the fields of construction, property management and health care attended. Several introductory speeches made reference to RYM and its Indoor Environment Program.- The four-year research program is now more than halfway through and set goals are being reached – despite being ambitious by design, said Professor Risto Kosonen, Chairman of the Indoor Environment Program Steering Group, in his introductory speech.

The fact that this SHOK instrument is new and unproven has posed an extra challenge. All involved have had to familiarize themselves with it. The aim of this industry-led program is to develop new solutions to create global business and discover new export opportunities related to the indoor environment.

– This is not a product development program, but a research program assessed by TEKES e.g. based on scientific publications. So far, we have produced 150 articles, 20 development projects and four EU-level projects. An international assessment also found the results good.

The Indoor Environment Program aims to investigate fully e.g.
–          how people experience indoor environment conditions
–          how a good indoor climate can be created while aiming for zero energy buildings
–          what is the business logic of a good indoor environment

The four work packages of the program involve 25 key sector companies and the major research institutes. The work packages will carry out several projects networked with each other within and between packages. The total budget of the research program is about €20 million.

User experience-based metrics for a good indoor environment

A good indoor environment is easy to define and describe, but its measurement is another story. Engineering sciences have always been good at measuring millimetres, kilojoules and watts, but perceptions of well-being must be assessed by other means.

– We have developed the so-called 6T model which enables assessing the performance of a property based on experience. The results are extremely promising and development of the model continues, Kosonen explained.

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A major focus of the program is thermal comfort and development of different models. Tools for modeling and design have been developed that allow devising a better indoor environment already at the design stage.

To what extent does the indoor environment determine the value of a property? – Research on renovation at Aalto University indicates that it can increase value quite significantly in some cases. In new construction the odds are even better and the potential benefits much greater, Kosonen continued.

Decision making is slow in construction and property management. Practical implementation of new ideas takes long. That is why the Indoor Environment Program has studied and experimented with a quick operational model and various small-scale demo projects. The results have been excellent.

– Demo projects need not be large and expensive. It often suffices to run an experiment on a single space. The results are available immediately and can be evaluated and developed further, Kosonen stressed.

Kosonen is convinced that a good indoor environment energizes, inspires, helps manage various tasks as well as supports social networking thereby improving cooperation.

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Exhibition by Peter Rich: Learnt in Translation, 17.-28.3.2014 at Urban Mill

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Exhibition by Peter Rich:
Learnt in Translation
Process of Learning from African Space Making

17.-28.3.2014 at Urban Mill. Open Mon-Fri 9-18.

Peter Rich is a visiting professor at Aalto University, Department of Architecture, teaching the Kigali Master Class (Spring 2014), funded by Asko Foundation.

Welcome to DIGILE Mega Sprint Review Day!

DIGILE has been using a lean research approach in its programs. This for example means that research has been implemented in sprints and after each sprint the partners come together sharing the obtained results, evaluating achievements, learning from past, sharpening vision and planning for the next sprint. This year, for the first time ever, all DIGILE programs meet at the same time. 26.3 is a joint “Mega” Sprint Review day, where all this reflection is done across DIGILE programs. The morning of this day is also opened for wider audience. In addition to the outputs from DIGILE, keynote talks is given by Haydn Shaughnessy (author on the book Elastic Enterprise). The importance of international collaboration is further emphasized by the talk of Rudolf Haggenmüller, chairman of ITEA.

Together with Tekes (which is the funding authority in DIGILE programs and also the national funding agency for ITEA-projects) DIGILE welcomes You to learn more of our research. Register early, the number of the seats are limited and priority is given for the people working in DIGILE programs.

Event information

Name or description:    Mega Sprint Review Day
Date:    26.03.2014
Time:    08:00 – 12:20
Venue:    Event Center Telakka
Address:    Henry Fordin katu 6 00150 Helsinki (On the map)

Register by:    18.03.2014 16:00

Please register before 18.03.2014 at 16:00 at the following address https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/DIGILE_Mega_Sprint_Day_7687

Best regards,

DIGILE Ltd
Jaana Mäntylä
Event end media coordinator

Attached files:
MEGA SPRINT REVIEW DAY 26032014_ preliminary agenda)

Maankäyttölehti: Kestävän suunnittelun ja rakentamisen periaatteet Espoossa

Maankäyttölehti 1/2014:

Markku Lappalainen & Anniina Stadius: Kestävän suunnittelun ja rakentamisen periaatteet Espoossa

”Tulevaisuuden Otaniemi on kehitysvaiheessa. Vaikka lähivuosina näemme konkreettisesti vain metroaseman rakentumisen, tulevat ympäristömuutokset olemaan alueella suuria. Tämä siksi, että metro tuo mukanaan mahdollisuuksia yhä useampien joukkoliikenteen käyttäjien piiriin, osa opiskelijoista siirtyy vähitellen Otaniemeen muilta Aalto-yliopiston kampuksilta. Ehkä saamme mahdollistettua palveluja, ravintoloita ja uusia palvelutoimintoja ja -tiloja, kuten Urban Mill. Tulevaisuuden Otaniemi houkuttelee muitakin kuin vain opiskelijoita ja yliopiston käyttäjiä, sillä alueelle toivotaan mahdollistuvan paljon asuinrakentamista. Kaupunkisuunnittelun ja kaavoituksen edetessä ainakin maankäytössä pyritään huomioimaan paikan henki, Alvar Aallon kokonaissuunnitelma ja päärakennuksen keskeinen sijainti, esimerkin omaiset typologiaan sijoittuvat merkkirakennukset kuten Dipoli ja Kappeli sekä varaamaan yllätyksiä myös tuleville vuosikymmenille ja näille käyttäjille, joista me voimme vielä vain unelmoida.”

Lappalainen ja Stadius esittivät Maankäyttölehden artikkelissaan ekologisen ja vihreän rakentamisen periaatteet Steffen Lehmanin teokseen Green Urbanism perustuen
sovellettuna Espooseen:

Artikkeli: Kestävän suunnittelun ja rakentamisen periaatteet Espoossa

TkT, arkkitehti SAFA Markku Lappalainen työskentelee Aalto-yliopiston Taiteiden,
suunnittelun ja arkkitehtuurin koulussa tutkijatohtorina Creative Sustainability
-maisteriohjelmassa. Sähköposti markku.lappalainen(at)aalto.fi.

Arkkitehti Annina Stadius työskentelee Espoon kaupunkisuunnittelukeskuksessa
vastaten mm. Otaniemen asemakaavoituksesta. Annina kuuluu myös
Aalto-yliopiston CSE, Creative Sustainability Expertise -ryhmään. Sähköposti annina.stadius(at)espoo.fi.