Aalto Living+ Platform

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Aalto Living+ Platform


The Living+ Platform supports transdisciplinary research on human-centered living environments, one of the key research areas at Aalto University. By focusing on human-centrism, Living+ Platform aims to draw more attention to the importance of social sustainability and well-being, and to explore ways to increasingly incorporate these in the planning of built environments and landscapes. 

Within Aalto University, we promote multidisciplinary collaboration primarily by facilitating networking between researchers from various disciplines and schools. Additionally, we continuously engage with external stakeholders to find opportunities for collaboration between Aalto community, other academic institutions and private and public sector. With our recently opened Living+ Hub, we offer these actors a place to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate. In addition to events focusing on networking and collaboration, we organize educational lectures and seminars for students, Aalto staff and the public, and thus increase awareness of the topics, research and current challenges related to human-centered living environments. 

What are “human-centered living environments”? The term refers to the study, design and planning of everyday built environments where the focus is being shifted from machines and harder values into people, their needs and experiences. The approach considers the impacts of design on human experiences and well-being, and is thus user-centered, with an aim to make people's daily lives more convenient and enjoyable. In addition, the concept includes engaging citizens in multiple phases of planning and encouraging their active role in shaping their living environments.

At Aalto University, developing human-centered approach is closely related to the use of digital tools; they can help increase our understanding of users’ needs and residents' behavior, offer novel solutions that improve everyday living environments as well as provide more efficient tools for planning and participation.

Events by the Living+ Platform

The Living+ Platform organizes several kinds of events throughout the year. The events vary in nature and are aimed at researchers, students, external stakeholders or the public.

Read more about past and future events
Living+ Networking Lunch, Dipoli

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Supporting new cross-disciplinary research initiatives within the area of human-centered living environments is at the core of Living+ Platform. In addition to promoting cross-school collaboration within Aalto University, the platform is active in creating new multi-stakeholder networks, thus strengthening research’s potential to contribute to more human-friendly living environments. The current research focus is largely on urban environments, and particularly on urban planning and co-creation.

Read more about Living+ research support here

Visiting lecturer Akira Minagawa


The Living+ Platform organizes and hosts educational lectures and seminars in subjects related to human-centered living environments (Living+). The most notable of these events is the annual Living+ Forum lecture series, annually investigating a new sub-theme related to the Living+. The most recent themes were Human-centered computational city planning (2020), Inclusive Environments (2019) and Mobility (2018).

Read more about the Aalto Living+ Forum here

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Societal Networking

The Living+ Platform engages with external stakeholders to find opportunities for collaboration and networking between researchers, businesses and municipalities. Networking is now further facilitated by the Living+ Hub, which celebrated its grand opening in the fall 2019. It is a place where academia (including students), civil servants and businesses are all welcome to meet and have an open exchange of ideas and thoughts concerning human-centered living environments.

Read more about the Living+ Hub here


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Urban Academy – introducing our central partner


Urban Academy is a platform for research-based urban development consisting of five organizations: Aalto University, University of Helsinki, and cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. It promotes the interaction between urban studies and urban development and supports multidisciplinary collaboration. 

Urban Academy is a forum for collaboration in urban research and a channel for societal impact. It fosters the development of sustainable and vibrant cities as well as contributes to the attractiveness of the Capital Region and its universities. The activities of Urban Academy consist of research support, events and degree programme collaboration. 

Support for research

Urban Academy’s key research partners include Aalto University’s Living+ Platform and Helsinki Institute for Urban and Regional Studies (at the University of Helsinki). 

Urban Academy searches for opportunities for research collaboration between universities and cities and helps in the preparation of joint research projects that aim at developing the Capital Region. The cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa promote the research collaboration by funding postdoctoral researcher positions, whose research themes support the implementation of city strategies.


Together with its partner organizations, Urban Academy produces events that foster collaboration and interaction. These include morning coffee events open to the public, addressing current urban themes from both development and research perspectives.

Degree programme collaboration

Urban Academy supports city collaboration also in the universities’ teaching of urban studies. Urban Academy promotes students’ internship opportunities at partner cities, searches for thesis topics and forwards them to the students. Each spring, a Thesis market is held where students and the thesis topic providers can meet.

In the education collaboration, a central partner is Aalto University’s and University of Helsinki’s joint Master’s programme Urban Studies & Planning. The goal of the programme is to increase understanding of complex urban challenges and how to solve them by means of research-based planning. 

More information from Urban Academy’s website or the employees of Urban Academy:

Annina Ala-Outinen
Project manager
[email protected]
+358 40 1953061

Neetta Eriksson
[email protected]
+358 40 6214261

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