Urban Challenge Studio 1 is one of the core courses the USP students engage during their first Autumn semester. The course provides an introduction to challenge-driven and research-based practice in urban planning and design. The course alternates between scales – from macro to micro perspectives as well as in present-day situations complemented with historical and future perspectives.
The idea is to conduct training in research and planning through project work within the studio theme. This year the theme was "trans-urbanism" with a special focus on the Haaga area in Helsinki. The project work was guided through a series of practical tasks, supported by lectures, seminars, reading, writing and tutorials. Students were tutored both in inter-disciplinary groups and by tutors specialized in their professional skills.
The studio began with a two-day excursion through the suburbs of Helsinki area, from Myllypuro to Leppävaara, for students to gain a broad understanding of the complexities of (sub)urban development in Finland. You can read more about the excursion here!
In their project works, students focused on Haaga area in the western part of Helsinki. Students investigated Haaga from various perspectives through literature, on-site observations, interviews and online data sources. Students worked both in groups and individually, concluding the work into articles which will be soon published. In their final critique event on the 14th of December, students proved to have acquired practical knowledge in analysing, visualizing and responding to various urban development challenges in the area.
Students works can be read in the Urban Challenge Studio 1 blog platform.
The final critique event was the highlight of the USP Autumn semester. Throughout their project works, students have showed dedication and bright talent. Teachers will stay eagerly waiting for the students final articles. Great work everyone!