• December 18, 2017

Inner-city campuses cause less travel and provide greater choice of freedom for campus tenants

Two-years-survey about campus-related mobility in Tartu, Estonia, has given profound evidence of the impact of campus location on urban travel load and individual activity choices in space and time. By studying the mobility and activity patterns of students and staff members of knowledge institutions, we found that well-integrated inner-city campus is favourable in front of […]

  • May 30, 2017

Campus in the making, popping up in Myllypuro

The Myllypuro Campus of Metropolia UAS is gradually starting to rise above the ground – is it possible to start building up the communication and campus community already at this stage? This question was explored with the Pop-up Metropolia Campus, which took over an empty space on the corner of busy Myllypuro Mall, filling it […]

Uusimaa-viikko 2017, Tuula Palaste
  • May 17, 2017

Co-ideation for Myllypuro Campus Square

”Is it ok for me to be here? Higher education campuses are often perceived to be inaccessible and distant. On the other hand there are plenty of expectations towards them in spreading the knowledge and expertise as well as fostering innovations. Streets and squares connect campuses to the rest of the city and are excellent […]

  • April 27, 2017
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Results of Pop-up student space test week: modify, and test again!

What was Pop-up student space test week about? A big test space USKO of Facility planning of University of Turku was in our use for a week during 3–7 April 2017. It was furnitured with different modern and innovative model office chairs and tables, and enabled multiple uses. It located in an one-storey old wooden […]

  • February 23, 2017

Service design and its role in the campus development

Service design – what is it all about? If we ask Wikipedia, it offers us the following definition: “the activity of planning and organizing people, infrastructure, communication and material components of a service, in order to improve its quality, the interaction between service provider and customers and the customer’s experience”. But as I work with […]

  • February 2, 2017

Prototyping and testing ahead in Turku!

In the pilot project of Turku, we are in the phase of actually making experiments and test the idea of Flexible space sharing on the HE campus in Turku. We have proceeded by following an experimental development process, and are at the moment in the stage of planning, how to test the idea in a […]

  • December 22, 2016

Pilot wrap-up of 2016 part II: Next generation Student House was concepted in Turku Challenge Camp

The first Livable City Forum was organized in Turku and Helsinki on 8–10 June 2016. The Forum started in Turku on 8 June with the Turku Campus Challenge organized by the University of Turku. The Turku Campus Challenge was an intensive innovation camp that was based on the idea that in limited time, teams are […]

  • December 22, 2016

Pilot wrap-up of 2016 part I: Participatory method applied to develop campus services user centered

In the spring 2016, the ”new dynamics of services” was chosen as the pilot focus area by the pilot team because it was seen possible to develop the campus services bottom-up and with limited resources. Thus in May, we organised a stand tour in four different locations on the higher education campus of Turku to […]

  • September 30, 2016

Latvian National Radio hosted a discussion on campus

While being en route to the goal of improving the quality of study process of universities in Latvia and their international recognition in order to increase the influx of students from abroad, it is crucial to develop a suitable environment for students, similar to many university towns in Western Europe. Pardaugava, part of Riga on […]

  • September 22, 2016

Hunting for a Dream Campus

Campus toolkits designed for the Live Baltic Campus were put to action at the opening of academic year event of Metropolia, MetroSport. Some 100 students sketched their dream campus with the puzzle-like toolkit. The results will be utilized in the development of the future Myllypuro campus of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Kevin Truong, Vietnamese degree student […]

  • May 18, 2016

Design and the City – Notes from the Lab

Just a few weeks after our study tour in the Netherlands, again I found myself in Amsterdam: this time to participate in the conference Design and the City. The experience started for me with a two-day Lab of Labs – a ‘design charrette‘ led by seasoned designers from around the planet. I took part in the one called ‘Fields […]

  • May 17, 2016

Live Baltic Campus tour in Holland – Design student’s reflections

The Netherlands is renowned for its innovative design culture. We Finns, too, are often held to a high esteem for our tradition in design and architecture. Yet, practicing design today entails much more than pursuing functional shapes and timeless aesthetics – it is a set of tools to understand and solve real life challenges and […]