USP autumn semester is full of inspiring lectures and learning activities, including a series of Hot Talks. The hot talks are part of a 10-credit course called "Introduction to Urban Studies & Planning". The talks will cover a variety of burning issues in the fields of urban studies and planning. They will take place at 10 am on Mondays in Urbarium, the USP space in Porthania (P114, Yliopistonkatu 3) at City Centre Campus. Hot Talks from 10 to 11 am are open to everyone interested in the topic. Each lecture is followed by a workshop with discussions and exercises for the USP students.
HOT TALKS - AUTUMN 2018
September 10th: BREAKING CITIES & BURNING SUBURBS
HOT TALK by Matti Kortteinen: "Surburbs Burning?" A look into the socio-economic and spatial differentiation of our cities.
September 17th: OF DNA, NATURE AND CITIES
Host: Juanjo Galan-Vivas, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
HOT TALK by Eric W. Sanderson, director of Mannahatta project: "Planning for nature in a urban context: nature goals for New York City". The talk will present the works developed by Mr. Sanderson´s team to define nature goals for New York City and how those goals, together with the use of new conceptual and digital frameworks, crystallized in the production of the Mannahatta project and Visionmaker.nyc.
September 24th: HEL OF A CITY
Host: Laura Kolbe, Professor of European History
HOT TALK by Tiina Merisalo, Head of Helsinki City Museum: "HEL of a City and the role of City Museums"
October 1st: URBAN WITHOUT URBANITY
Host: Anssi Joutsiniemi, Adjunct Professor of Emergent Design Methodologies
HOT TALK by Rikhard Manninen, Director of the Strategic Urban Planning Division, City of Helsinki: “Helsinki City Plan and City Boulevards”
HOT TALK by Anssi Joutsiniemi: “Urban without Urbanity”
October 8th: URBAN ECONOMICS AND PLANNING
Host: Tuukka Saarimaa, Assistant Professor in Urban Economics
HOT TALK by Tuukka Saarimaa: “The Economic Implications of Housing Supply”
October 15h: SUSTAINABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES
Host: Kati Vierikko, PhD in Environmental Sciences & Senior advisor (EIT Food)
HOT TALK by Anna-Kaisa Leino, Ministry of Environment: “Finnish national action plan for sustainable urban development”
October 29th: TRUMP IN THE CITY
November 5th: GIVE ME SPACE!
Host: Kimmo Lapintie, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
HOT TALK by Kimmo Lapintie: Space is the most used and at the same time perhaps the least understood concept in urban planning and urban studies. It has been analysed from various disciplinary perspectives – all giving their input, but often neglecting the perspectives of the other disciplines, tending to ‘colonize’ our spatial understanding. During this day, we shall study this battlefield.
November 12th: PERSONAL IS POLITICAL
HOT TALK 10:00-10:30 by Helena Veidenbaum, Designer of Public Services, Innovation Lab, Government Office of the Republic of Estonia
Panel 10:30-11:00 with Helena and guests: Anni Leppänen (D9 Digital Team, Finnish State Treasury), Mariana Salgado (InLand Design, Finnish Immigration Services/Migri)
November 19th: (DYS)FUNCTIONAL URBAN ECOSYSTEMS?
HOT TALK by Heikki Setälä 10-11am: Urban ecosystem services provided by greenspace – (dys)functional urban ecosystems? Heikki's talk deals with urban stormwater issues, greenspace (park) soils, and urban air and the services these provide.
HOT TALK by Johan Kotze 11-11:30am: “Urban biodiversity; winners and losers” - Johan's talk deals with urban greenspace fragmentation and which species take advantage of this new environment, and which types of species lose out.
November 26th: THE LONG NOW
Host: Idil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Design
HOT TALK: The urban context is changing with an unprecedented pace due to demographic shifts, technological developments and socio-environmental challenges. In this session you’ll hear about how to approach long-term urban futures as an introduction to the Urban Futures and Transitions course.
December 3rd: PROGRAMMING VS. DRAWING
Host: Pia Fricker, Adjunct Professor in Landscape Architecture