Presentation of the UEL Tampere team

Tampere School of Architecture provides a five-year integrated graduate programme of Architecture and a two-year international masters of Sustainable Architecture. Both programmes fulfil the EU requirements, thus facilitating free professional mobility in the Union. The School has 8 professors, about 40 members of staff and 400 students. In research, Tampere School of Architecture excels in planning studies, spatial analysis and housing studies.

School of Architecture is active in summer programmes, such as IFHP Summer School for Urban Planning and Design and Tampere metaMorphologylab. Besides UEL, ongoing larger research projects include Urbanisation, Mobilities and Immigration URMI and Dwellers in Agile Cities.

Image shows a mapping exercise of the Hiedenranta area west of Tampere done with students of Urban Planning

Urban Education Live represents organic continuity with the School’s research interest in innovation in planning methods and place-based urban development. The two members of the TAMP team is Panu Lehtovuori, Professor of Planning Theory, and Jens Brandt, Architect and Urbanist. They bring with them a combination of theory and praxis united by a common interest in the urban and especially the work on the French urban philosopher and sociologist, Henri Lefebvre.

The main focus of the Tampere team in the UEL project are the educational aspects involved with the development of “trans educational” concepts and methods, where learning processes are situated in local communities in order to give students a more hands on learning experience and allowing the local communities to benefit from an urban capacity building. The activities of the Tampere Team will be geographically focused on the Finnish city of Salo, 2 hours south of Tampere, and will see a close collaboration between local educational institutions, civil society and local private and public sector.

Keywords: Trans educational, urban capacity building, 1:1 designing, social and situated learning, anchor institutions.

Image shows detail from the mapping exercise