Urban development and city models have wind in their sails

The attraction of the EUE (Energizing Urban Ecosystems) research program that focuses on sustainable urban development and the regional innovation ecosystems, services and business models supporting it is growing. At the start of the third season, the number of participants is double that of the previous season. The program aims e.g. to develop and introduce virtual and interactive city models.

The EUE consortium consists of 12 enterprises, e.g. Kone Corporation and Fortum Corporation, the cities of Helsinki and Espoo, the health care organizations of the HUS hospital district and Orton, and five research institutes and universities. Both the enterprises and public operators will benefit from such strong interdisciplinarity and the results of extensive cooperation. Cities and municipalities will get answers to what is expected of new and refurbished urban areas in the future, while companies and consortia will learn how they can offer these solutions in the future.

SITO Oy is a good example of a new program member that studies and pilots the design and operation of the open, continuously updating city model and its integration into the key processes of urban planning. Another subject of its R&D is the sharing of the city model in the form of open data through open interfaces to all users. Practical results of that effort already exists: SITO created a 4D city model of the Kivistö residential and workplace area for the Building Supervision of Vantaa that can be viewed using a Net browser.

Another newcomer, Elisa Corporation, joined the program in order to promote the emergence of a digital service economy through R&D on service structures and their networks. Elisa also has already developed solutions that will allow taking decisive steps together with partners on the path to creating the service economy of the future.

Common vision and three work packages

The three work packages of the research program are Sustainable Innovation City (SIC), Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) and Business in Built Environment (BBE). The work packages and their themes reflect the basic vision of the program and the foundations of urban development at its core: holistic wellbeing, user centric and technology that supports them.

The SIC package, led by SRV, focuses on the processes of sustainable area planning processes from the users’ viewpoint: experience orientation and service design as well as effective use of resources in cities. Answers are sought to how we can design an attractive and ecologically and socially sustainable urban space, and how the carbon emissions of low-rise residential buildings can be brought to a sustainable level.

The RIE package led by the City of Espoo and SITO creates, among other things, area data model concepts by integrating existing data with modern measurement technology, environmental and building models, and virtual elements. Mapping and laser scanning and related solutions are prominently featured as are interaction and BIM. The regional innovation ecosystem will be developed into a regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The BBE package led by Fira Oy examines value creation in business settings of several companies or organizations: how they form and function, and how the value creation logic changes during the life cycle.

The key idea behind all RYM research programs is strong international orientation. The EUE program is no exception: it involves active cooperation e.g. with MIT and University of Madrid as well as several other universities across the world.

More information:

Jarmo Heinonen, Program Manager

jarmo.heinonen (at)rym.fi

Tel. +358 50467 1432

EUE – välitulosseminaari 27.11.2014 klo 9-12 Urban Millillä

Hyvät EUEn joukot,
Tervetuloa välitulosseminaariin 27.11.2014 klo 9-12 Urban Millin Caveen.

Aamupäiväsessiomme aikana tutustumme erityisesti BBE-työpaketin sisältöihin ja mukana on muutakin: ekosysteemi-case tulee Ruotsista ja kuulemme matkakuulumiset USAsta, lisäksi Urban Millin uusimmista kertoo Kari Mikkelä.
Ohjelmassa olevat puheenvuorot ovat 20 min.

Knots in ecosystem: Campus – Metro- Hospital

Why should discussion about socio-ecological systems and ecosystem services matter in area branding – case Albano, Stockholm? – Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen

A business model perspective on multiple interacting business organizations in a shopping center – Karlos Artto

An analysis of a service station chain – a business network  perspective – Tuomas Ahola

USA roundtrip Boston and New York

– Sharing network experiences – Eelis Rytkönen ja Aija Staffans

Framework for Innovation Orchestration Research – Case Urban Mill: Context, Platfom, Co-creation & Orchestration –  Kari Mikkelä

Open floor

Huom! Kieli joustava englanti

Open floor esitelmiä ja puheenvuoroja otetaan mielellään vastaan! 10 minuttia kuumimpia välituloksia yritysten ja tutkijoiden suulla – tervetuloa!

Jotta osaamme varata riittävästi pullaa, niin ole ystävällinen ja ilmoita tulostasi kuittaamalla tähän viestiin suvi.nenonen@aalto.fi.
Jakakaa kutsua eteenpäin yrityksissänne sekä kumppaneille. Ilmaiseen seminaariin on aina ilo tulla ja sitä on ilo markkinoida.

Mukana on ulkomaalaista verta: toiveena on, että esitysmateriaali olisi englanniksi ja voimme sitten puhua sujuvasti kaikkia mahdollisia kieliä niin, että kaikilla on mukavaa!

Aktiivista marraskuuta kaikille
Suvi ja Robert

Urban Mill Open Innovation Platform Orchestration Model

Urban Mill Orchestration model was presented and discussed at ”Aalto – Nonaka Workshop: Ba & Flow in Regional Innovation Ecosystems” at Design Factory 22.8.2014.

Workshop was organized by EUE programme members in collaboration with Professor Ikurijo Nonaka and CKIR at Aalto University.  Worksghop introduced e.g. the Energizing Urban Ecosystems EUE Research School concept.

Kari Mikkelä presented their ongoing EUE research. Urban Mill Service Concept properties were reflected within the  ”Value Orchestration Platform for Business and Communities” framework introduced by prof. Kyoichi Jim Kijima.


Other topics included:

  • Professor Ikurijo Nonaka: Recent thinking and experiences on Ba & Flow
  • Markku Markkula: Special focus on the Espoo Innovation Garden as a EU forerunner. The ecosystem described and analyzed from different perspectives

Whole programme here:  Aalto-Nonaka WS 22.8.2014 programme