Course details 2015

The course description in pdf.

The participants in the Nordic Case Competition were hand-picked by the leading professors in the field. The quotas for different Nordic countries were as follows:

  • Finland 12 students
  • Sweden 8 students
  • Norway 2 students
  • Denmark 2 students
  • Iceland 1 student

Model of work
Before the intensive course, the students accopmlished a written pre-assignment related to the case. During the intensive course in Finland, the students were divided into teams, in which they worked on the case throughout the three-day course. The group work was facilitated by experienced researchers, all with different orientations around the urban planning issues. In addition, to give fresh perspectives and to raise new questions for the case work, the course featured a few inspirational talks from experts in the field. On the final day of the course the student teams presented their solutions to a wider audience, including planning practitioners from the City of Espoo. Finally, a jury evaluated the results and discussed the solutions with the teams. After the intensive period in Finland, the students wrote a report on their learnings and experiences.

Learning objectives
The aim of the course was to give the student a chance to experience a real life planning case in an international and collaborative environment.

After the course the students should:

  • Have become acquainted with sustainable urban planning issues, particularly related to the development of urban routes and campus accessibility
  • Have gained deeper understanding on the multidisciplinary nature of sustainable urban development and new insights into the social-ecological approach in urban planning
  • Have deeper understanding on the realities, different actors and interest groups involved in practical urban planning
  • Have acquired new skills in how to co-create and communicate in an international and multidisciplinary team
  • Have developed problem solving skills, analytical and critical thinking as well as how to express and present arguments and solutions

Course requirements and evaluation
To complete the course the student was required to accomplish all course pre-and post-assignments and actively participate in all the activities during the intensive course. Attendance in all parts of the intensive course was mandatory. Course work was evaluated by the course leaders and the jury based on activity of participation in the course, as well as on the quality of the completed case assignment written and oral presentation.

20140611_151108The recreational route in Otaniemi – the planning case of the competition –  can also be used in enhancing urban biodiversity, and it offers opportunities to implement student projects: The garden of decaying wood was co-designed by two students from landscape architecture and biology. The garden was implemented to form a part of the route in summer 2014.

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