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Living+ Forum 2019: Inclusive Environments

The multidisciplinary public lecture series Living+ Forum starts on January 10. Design for All, Multicultural Living Environments, and Aging in Cities, are only a few of the topics covered. We welcome everyone to meet and discuss!
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The overall theme of the Living+ Forum 2019 is Inclusive environments, the study of creating environments that accommodate the needs of, and therefore feels welcoming to, everyone regardless of their physical, cultural or economic disposition.

During 7 sessions, experts from academic, public, private and NGO sectors present research, challenges and successes in their specific fields. The lectures, two per session, take place every Thursday afternoon for 6 weeks in the Undergraduate Centre at Aalto Campus. The Forum ends with a separate 7th lecture on March 14, by Professor Joel Sanders from Yale University.

The Forum is hosted by Pirjo Sanaksenaho and Aija Staffans.

For Whom

The public
We welcome anyone interested in the topic of a lecture or lectures.

Researchers & businesses
We encourage anyone doing research or working in the fields covered to join our lectures. Your participation in the discussions are most welcome.

We encourage all students interested in the topics to join our lectures, regardless of your field or level of study. Look below for the information on how to gain credits from the lectures.

ARK-E2009 Living+ Forum

We offer 2 credits for any Master’s or Doctoral level student at Aalto who is present in all lectures and submits a written reflective assignment. The teaching language is English and the teacher in charge is Pirjo Sanaksenaho. You will find more detailed information in Weboodi.

Place & Time

Undergraduate Centre, lecture hall A2. Click here for directions!
Thursdays 3-5 pm
January 10th – February 14th + a final seminar on March 14th


January 10

Libraries as Public Living Rooms

Hanna Harris, Director, Architecture Information Centre Finland

Juho Grönholm, Architect, ALA Architects

January 17

Multicultural living environments

Mariana Salgado, Design and Research Lead, Finnish Immigration Service (Migri)

Hossam Hewidy, Lecturer, Aalto University

January 24

The segregated city

Venla Bernelius, Assistant Professor, Helsinki University

Tuukka Saarimaa, Assistant Professor, Aalto University

January 31

Environments for the aging population

Raija Hynynen, Senior Housing Adviser, Ministry of Environment

Ira Verma, Architect, Aalto University

February 7

Architectural democracy

Sofia Amberla, Development Architect, Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices ATL

Pedro Aibeo, Architect and Engineer, Aalto University

February 14

Design for all

Tapio Haanperä, Accessibility Adviser, The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Kirsti Pesola, Tech.lic., KIKINO

March 14

Alternative Futures: Questioning Design Standards

Joel Sanders, Professor, Yale University School of Architecture

Restrooms exemplify how architecture as a discipline is complicit in perpetuating cultural assumptions about the nature of human identity and embodiment through the protocols of professional practice. Using Stalled! as a case study, the talk will describe how these ideologies are encoded through formulaic spatial typologies, presumed to be shaped by objective functional criteria but that are actually historically relative highly problematic cultural constructions. The subjective values encoded in these typologies are translated into standards that are disseminated through guidelines and building codes. In his talk, Sanders will propose a two-part Inclusive Design methodology that uses cross-disciplinary research and analysis as a critical tool to imagine alternative futures that call into question and ultimately offer alternatives to architectural standards that perpetuate the status quo.

Contact us for questions

Pirjo Sanaksenaho

Pirjo Sanaksenaho

Department of Architecture
Professor (Associate Professor)
Aija Staffans

Aija Staffans

Department of Built Environment
Senior Research Fellow
Joel Wolff

Joel Wolff

School Common
Communications Assistant, Living+ Platform

Pia-Sofia Pokkinen

Department of Architecture
Project Employee
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