Previous project assignments
|Turku, Finland. City of Turku is situated in the southwest coast of Finland. It has 180 000 inhabitants and is the leading city of the region. The city of Turku has made a great effort on sustainable city planning and sustainability in different city processes and decision making processes. The City of Turku is committed to be a carbon neutral city in 2040. One major step is a new city district Skanssi, which will be a sustainable and energy efficient. Skanssi is going to be good platform of different solutions for sustainable practices. The first and second assignment handle about Skanssi area. The third assignment is about the gardening district of Turku.|
|The Skanssi project about sharing spaces
The question of Turku municipality is: how can empty spaces be used as an opportunity to create a smart sustainable (business) environment within the Skanssi area in Turku?
Skanssi is a new smart city district near the city of Turku (about 180.000 inhabitants). It should be developed into a living oasis that will increase the population of the Turku area and decrease the CO2 emission per habitant. The construction of the first phase of the residential area started in 2011, and a new shopping mall has already been realised in the district. The students designed a shared spaces concept that would fit the Skanssi area. They wrote proposals for utilising the unoccupied spaces within the Skanssi mall as an opportunity to organise events which strengthen the Skanssi community and attract people to the Skanssi shopping centre. Ideas ranged from a lunch disco in the shopping mall, using school buildings more efficiently after school hours (gym, repair cafe, theatre, childcare, kids parties) to creating spaces for co-working in the public buildings. One of the most conspicuous proposals of the students is the ‘man cave’. The man cave is meant as “a male retreat, for male visitors where they will have a place where they can do whatever they like, without any meddling from females”. The man cave concept is based on three main sections: a bar focused on beer and crafts, a relaxing corner and a laser game hall. During a meeting with the marketing promotions manager it became clear that there is a need for a place just for men in the mall.