Aalto Living+ Platform

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Aalto Living+ Platform


The Living+ Platform supports cross-disciplinary 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. 

Within Aalto University, we promote cross-school collaboration by creating and maintaining networks. Additionally, we continuously engage with external stakeholders to find opportunities for collaboration and networking between researchers, businesses and municipalities. With our recently opened Living+ Hub, we offer these actors – and students of Aalto – a place to meet, exchange thoughts and share new trends and research on human-centered living environments. We also organize educational lectures and seminars for students, staff and the public, which provide opportunities for networking.

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 behavior and well-being, and is thus user-centered, aiming to make the daily lives of people more convenient and enjoyable. In addition, it includes engaging citizens in multiple phases of planning and encouraging their active role in shaping their living environments.

At Aalto University, developing human-centrism is also 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

Related upcoming events

Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi

Defence of dissertation in the field of water and environmental engineering, Tuija Laakso, M.Sc. (Tech.)

The name of the dissertation is "Data-driven network asset management - Focus on sewer systems"
Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi

Defence of dissertation in the field of geoinformatics, Juval Cohen, M.Sc. (Tech.)

The name of the dissertation is "The effect of forest canopy on remote sensing in the boreal region"
Neljä opiskelijaa kävelemässä puiden reunustamalla kävelytiellä kampuksella.
Lectures and seminars

Online event: Building Technology Master's Thesis Seminar 3/2020

Featuring presentations of master's thesis from the Master's Programme in Building Technology
Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi

Defence of dissertation in the field of real estate economics, Pauliina Krigsholm, M.Sc (Tech.)

The title of the dissertation is "Towards a future cadastral system: An exploration of the Finnish case".
Urbs-data, workshop at Urban Mill


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

Keskustelutilaisuus ABE:ssa. Kuvaaja: Petri Kangassalo

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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