Only way out is in
Culture and locality transforming architecture and urban design
Our design decisions are often driven by factors invisible even to ourselves, such as cultural aspects, mindsets, and norms.
Only way out is in focuses on these factors, bringing together students from different cultural backgrounds and environmental conditions to solve a common challenge. It pushes students, and through their work the wider public, to consider those invisible factors and to see their everyday environment in a different light. Here, culture and locality become starting points for imagining alternatives for architecture and urban design.
In year 2023 the studio was organized in collaboration with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and Tampere University.
- Street workers' experience of safety
A study of the perceived safety of street works in Kumasi, Ghana, and planning guidelines based on the study.
Markus Nikander, Department of Architecture, School of Arts, Design & Architecture
- Layers of Meaning
Aims at uncovering urban narratives of Kumasi, Ghana.
Karolis Lasys, Sonia Sali, Department of Architecture, School of Arts, Design & Architecture
- House and Tree - a school extension in Kumasi, Ghana
House and Tree is a school extension project for 800 additional students on a site next to an existing school.
Fanni Kangasniemi, Emma Sjöholm, Department of Architecture, School of Arts, Design & Architecture
- Design Centre of recycled fabrics
A holistic project tackling the life cycle of fabrics and fabric waste.
Jessy Yau Kit Sze, Department of Architecture, School of Arts, Design & Architecture
- The way through every day
Creates places where people could gather and have a good time with friends and family.
Venla Kotilainen, Mario Poma, Sofía Prieto Álvarez, Jora van Baarle, Department of Architecture, School of Arts, Design & Architecture
- Saija Hollmén, professor of practice in humanitarian architecture;
- Taru Niskanen, architect SAFA, M.Sc., university teacher PhD candidate, WitLAB;
- Helena Sandman, architect SAFA, postdoc researcher at Aalto University.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
- Alexander Marful, associate professor, department of architecture;
- Maria Panta, lecturer, department of architecture.
- Panu Lehtovuori, professor of planning theory;
- Anna Koskinen, teaching assistant.
WiT LAB is a platform for interdisciplinary research focusing on resilient communities and humanitarian architecture. Ongoing research projects focus on cultural and issues concerning architectural design, disaster prevention, challenges of migration and relocation of poor communities.
Links to resent publications of the research group can be found below.