Wednesday May 22

Interactive and integrative urban planning game – the sustainable dialogue between happy people and clean planet

Which SBE19 Helsinki Conference themes does the Conference reflect
The workshop concentrates to the themes Clean Planet and Happy People and the dialogue between these topics. 

Brief description:
We approach these themes through a interactive city game to define and understand the phenomena that arise in a city environment when it’s affected by global megatrends such as urbanization and climate change. 

The primary goal is to identify different ways how these themes are connected in a sustainable and resilient city and how cities can respond to the current and future challenges. 

The secondary goal is to identify how the academia, industry and public sector can be connected and integrated stronger to meet the common sustainability goals.

Moderators and speakers:
Elina Kalliala, Development manager. M.Sc. Landscape Architect, Ramboll Finland Oy, 
Sanna Ala-Mantila, Assistant Professor in Sustainable Urban Systems Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) & Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences  University of Helsinki

Workshop organizer/contact person:
Elina Kalliala,, +358505111866



Thursday May 23

Architectural spatial design solutions for sustainability 

Which SBE19 Helsinki Conference themes does the Conference reflect:
The workshop handles several conference themes: emerging concepts, clean planet, happy people and well-being.

Brief description:
In ecological sustainability, improving energy efficiency has been one of the main strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions of the buildings and thus responding to climate change. Despite concentrating on operational performance, the dominant energy efficiency indicator (SEC, kWh/m2a) does not reveal the impact of usage and spatial design solutions on energy efficiency even though the buildings and their spaces are particularly designed for their utilization. This kind of functional spatial design that responds to the needs, stands as a basis for all the following decisions in the building. When widening the perspective from only energy efficiency towards the carbon footprint of the building, the impact of spatial design solutions and architectural decisions will be pronounced through for example materials and the size of the building and its spaces. Undoubtedly, spatial design solutions have an effect on both energy efficiency and the carbon footprint in reality, so that both the design strategies and the indicators are important to get right in a move towards low carbon spatial design.

This interactive workshop welcomes experts from different areas of construction fields to collaborate and discuss the topics related to architectural spatial design solutions, utilization for which the spaces have been created, and the indicators for sustainability. Sustainability focus here is related to energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the buildings, not forgetting the essential qualitative factors such as delight and human well-being. Architectural design solutions include for example flexibility and space zoning, where spaces are grouped together based on their similar properties such as indoor circumstances. Thus, instead of standing alone, spatial design is strongly tied together with utilization and building services requiring collaboration between the parts in the design process from the beginning.

Moderators and speakers:
Taru Lehtinen, Architect SAFA, Doctoral student, Tampere University (TAU), Finland
Sofie Pelsmakers, D.Sc., Architect, Assistant professor, Tampere University (TAU), Finland; Aarhus School of Architecture (AAA), Denmark

Workshop organizer/contact person: 
Taru Lehtinen,, +358 40 580 7470