Finland, Helsinki

25th IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School in Finland: Making, Shaping or Letting Be

when 5 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 620

The IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School invites students to explore different approaches to urban planning and develop future scenarios in semi-realistic urban projects. The Summer School engages participants in an international, multidisciplinary setting with a specific focus in the Nordic context of advanced sustainability agenda, interesting architectural design and current debates on urbanism in Finland and beyond.

The two-week course takes place in Helsinki and two other Finnish ‘case study’ cities. It consists of high-quality lectures, a full-day excursion in the capital and intensive workshops with hands-on collaboration with diverse actors, such as professional planners, urbanists and activists.

The notions of making, shaping and letting be open debates on the agency of urban planning: Are planning and design always about making new spaces? How could planners shape ethical interventions in communities and public space? When should planners ‘let it be’ and rather assist local actors in the production of space, relying on self-organizing process? The lectures, readings and workshops promote critical thinking and drive the discussions that help develop awareness for environmental, social and cultural aspects of the built environment.

Organised since 1994, the IFHP Urban Planning and Design Summer School in Finland is the oldest summer course in the field of urban planning and design, running undisrupted. The event is co-organised by Tampere University, School of Architecture, and Aalto University, Land Use Planning and Urban Studies Group, together with the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP).

Course leader

Dalia Milián Bernal

Target group

We warmly welcome applications from students at all levels of studies, especially Masters and advanced BA / BSc, as well as young professionals and PhD students from all disciplines related to spatial planning. We look forward to receiving applications from urban planners, architects, sociologists, geographers and others dealing with the built environment! The IFHP Summer School entitles participants to five study credits (ECTS).

Course aim

The aim of the Summer School is to bring together students from different backgrounds and diverse disciplines related to spatial planning to develop future scenarios in semi-realistic urban projects in two case study cities.

The case study city provides a site and formulate a semi-realistic planning and design task together with the Summer School organisers. The task opens possibilities to address an important and currently debated subject in the city. Working in groups of 3-4, Summer School students proceed from analysis to ideation and concept, finalising the project in publishable maps, drawings and texts. Spatial analysis, quantitative and qualitative research, future scenarios, creative design as well as social engagement and communication, may all play a role in the project work.

Fee info

EUR 620: Participation fee for the Summer School is 620 euros. The participants are also expected to cover their travel costs to and from Helsinki, as well as any other expenses during their stay (e.g. accommodation in Helsinki, meals, local travel costs, etc.). In workshop cities, students are offered basic sleeping quarters free of charge. Students who require a visa for their stay in Finland will be assisted with the formalities.