Aalto Living+ Forum
Aalto Living+ Forum is an annually organized public multi- and transdisciplinary lecture series on themes related to human-centered living environments. It gathers top researchers, professors, civil servants and business experts, to present the latest findings and discuss future scenarios from their respective disciplines.
The lecture series is meant for all Aalto students, the faculty and the public. For students, the whole series is also provided as a course module worth two credits, including some extra assignments related to the lectures.
The first Living+ Forum was organized in 2017 and aimed to describe the width of Aalto’s research on human-centered living environments, giving a brief introduction to all major themes and glimpses into some detailed research supported by the Living+ Platform.
In 2018, we introduced the first Living+ Forum focusing on a specific topic within human-centered living environments, Mobility. The lectures discussed mobility with a wide human-centered approach, including the study of human behavior, modelling, systems and services in relation to mobility.
In 2019, the theme was Inclusive environments - discussing how to plan and create accessible living environments that consider the needs of all potential user groups. A diverse group of researchers, civil servants and architects discussed easy ways to treat people more equally when it comes to living environments.
This year’s (2020) Living+ Forum focused on Human-centered computational city planning. The lectures included presentations dealing with various ways to make use of computational methods in urban planning. These methods utilizing digital devices can help to achieve a more accurate picture of the urban environment and its elements, and to make planning more effective and user-centered.
In 2020 the Living+ Forum addressed the topic of computational city planning. Due to increasingly complex, dynamic urban realities and changing lifestyles, implementation of new instruments in planning might be essential to be able to effectively meet the needs of cities and their citizens. Presentations in this year's Living+ Forum explored various ways to utilize computational methods and digital tools in city planning for more creative, efficient and participative processes – and for more livable cities.
- Participation and collaboration in smart city planning / January 9
Aija Staffans, Aalto University
- Knowledge management in smart city planning / January 16
Jarmo Suomisto, City of Helsinki: "Digital Cities and Good Life"
Otso Helenius, Aalto University
- Computational landscape / January 23
Lauri Lemmenlehti, Plehat
Teemu Kokkonen, Aalto University
- Gamifying city planning and design / January 30
Olli Poutanen, FCG: "Generative Techniques in Architecture and Service Design"
Teemu Jama, Aalto University
- Seminar on urban renewal in the context of multi-owned housing / February 6
Location update: Undergraduate centre (Otakaari 1), U270 U8
- Computational design methodologies & Active participation in urban planning / February 13
Pia Fricker, Aalto University / "Decoding the city – computational design methodologies for responsive environments"
Pilvi Nummi, Aalto University / "Social media as an information source for urban planning"
- Passive participation & Digital citizenship / February 20
Ken Dooley, Aalto University
Johanna Ylipulli, Aalto University
The overall theme of the Living+ Forum 2019 was Inclusive environments. This is the study of environments that accommodate the needs of, and therefore feels welcoming to, everyone regardless of their physical, cultural or economic disposition. Inclusive environments is also known as Design for all.
- Libraries as Public Living Rooms / January 10
Hanna Harris, Director, Architecture Information Centre Finland
Juho Grönholm, Architect, ALA Architects
- Multicultural Living Environments / January 17
Mariana Salgado, Design and Research Lead, Finnish Immigration Service (Migri)
Hossam Hewidy, Lecturer, Aalto University
- The Segregated City – January 24
Venla Bernelius, Assistant Professor, Helsinki University
Tuukka Saarimaa, Assistant Professor, Aalto University
- Environments for the Aging Population – January 31
Raija Hynynen, Senior Housing Adviser, Ministry of Environment
Ira Verma, Architect, Aalto University
- Architectural Democracy – February 7
Sofia Amberla, Development Architect, Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices ATL
Pedro Aibeo, Architect and Engineer, Aalto University
- Design for All – February 14
Tapio Haanperä, Accessibility adviser, The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Kirsti Pesola, Tech.lic., Finnish Association of People with Mobility Disabilities
- Alternative Futures: Questioning Design Standards – March 14
Joel Sanders, Professor, Yale University School of Architecture
The way people and goods move around is going to change dramatically in the near future. More efficient technology and smarter services, is likely to completely disrupt our current idea of transportation, how we move and how we do our shopping. The Living+ Forum in 2018 presented a glimpse into this disruption, why it is happening, how it changes our behavior, and how we can begin to make sense of it.
- Human-centered understanding of mobility systems / January 4
Milos Mladenovic, Aalto University
Transit oriented development
Christoffer Weckström, Aalto University
- Human activity spaces: from modeling to implications / January 11
Kamyar Hasanzadeh, Aalto University
- Intelligent transportation systems / January 18
Claudio Roncoli, Aalto University
- Connecting corridors - changing work, changing mobility / January 25
Matti Vartiainen, Aalto University
- Cargo transports and citylogistics / February 1
Ulla Tapaninen, City of Helsinki
- Mobility as a Service / February 8
Sampo Hietanen, Founder and CEO, MaaS Global
Digitalization of mobility ecosystem, Risto Rajala, Aalto University
- “Time and travel time” - it’s not so simple / February 15
Moshe Givoni, Tel-Aviv University
The first Living+ Forum covered a vast array of research areas within the Living+ Platform, such as urban planning and economics, learning environments and human experiences in urban environments. It ended with an international seminar on smart and sustainable cities, with Professor Marcus Foth from Queensland University.
- Online/Offline. Housing, Publicity and Privacy / January 12
Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Professor of Building Design, Aalto University
Towards Network Society
Mikko Särelä, DSc, Project Manager of the Living+ Platform
- Human centered learning environments / January 19
Teemu Leinonen, Professor of New Media Design and Learning, Aalto University
- Experiencing the city / January 26
Marketta Kyttä, Professor of Land Use Planning, Aalto University
- Neglected spaces / February 2
Pentti Kareoja, Professor of Spatial Design, Aalto University
- Trust and collaboration in construction industry / February 9
Antti Peltokorpi, Professor of Operations Management in Construction, Aalto University
- Sound in living environments / February 16
Tapio Lokki, Professor of Acoustics, Aalto University
- Future of Otaniemi Campus / February 23
Antti Ahlava, Vice President, Campus development, professor of Emerging Design Methodologies, Aalto University
- Urban Economics / March 2
Essi Eerola, Research Director, VATT Institute for Economic Research
- Future cities and how to make them / March 9
Trevor Harris, Professor of Urban Design, Aalto University
- Lighting in human living environments / March 16
Jaakko Ketomäki, Professor of Practice, at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Aalto University
- Urbanisation and Water / March 23
Teemu Kokkonen, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Built Environment, Aalto University
Nora Sillanpää, Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Built Environment, Aalto University
- LIVING+ INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR / March 30
Smart Cities from Cradle to Grave: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Ways of Life
Marcus Foth, Professor at Queensland University of Technology Design Lab, Brisbane, Australia