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Workshop code: WS04


  • Group work/discussion 11.30-12.00
  • Lunch (at own expense) 12.00-12.45
  • Working until 14.30
  • Summary 15.00-15.45 at H304 

Location: Y312


  • The workshop addresses the following questions:
    • what are the diverse ways in which we use (would like to use) the campus space?
    • how diversity of use can help to create a stimulating and engaging environment?
    • can we promote equality through transparency and flexibility of how we use the space?

Method and preliminary workshop program

  • Food for discussion
    • Aalto Strategy
      • Mission, Vision and Values
    • Additional viewpoints for discussion

      • How can we measure the outcomes?
      • Proactive operation mode
      • Detecting and reacting to early / weak signals?
      • How can we achieve these outcomes?
      • How do we learn these things?

Who should attend: service staff, teaching and research faculty, students

Stakeholders: Aalto (students, staff, faculty), local community.

Presenter, moderators and facilitators:




  • See comments below, please. 



Presemo for easy notetaking 




  1. Experience of the space is created not only by its form or function, but also by the opportunities is presents for diverse audiences. Some spaces are flexible enough to adjust to the needs of its users while others impose a pre-defined set of activities. Which strategy is more applicable for an innovative university campus and how can it foster diversity and equality for campus visitors and owners? Can transparency of the space increase trust and communication?

  2. Main thoughts from the workshop

    1. The way the heritage is preserved should be discussed more.
    2. Legislation should be flexible to enable best possible use.
    3. Activity-based environment requires different spaces, not just one open space.
    4. Open or common spaces should be really open (one have to enter them in any time, be able to use the facilities etc)

    The diversity implies addressing different kinds of needs that people can have. Taking care about mental and emotional needs can help to create the environment where people would feel engaged, involved and inspired thus creating a sense of consciousness and fulfilment at work or during the studies.

    Physical needs:
    - barrier free environment
    - contrast and clear surfaces (small details)
    - carry things, work with big or messy object
    - place to store and display your things on a permanent basis
    - diversity of ways you can use the lights
    - food services and food supplies
    - short distances between the venues

    Mental needs:
    - concentrated work
    - exhibition spaces
    - environment for communication
    - need to feel secure (for yourself and your belongings)
    - prayer spaces (silent spaces)

    Emotional needs:
    - the sense of belonging to the group of people
    - belonging to local culture
    - see that “the life is going around” (people want to see other people)
    - people should feel included through accessibility, not excluded from the main flow.
    - see and interact with nature.
    - being able to affect the space or environment where you work
    - aesthetic pleasure from the space, excitement, inspiration

  3. Other points discussed

    • Innovative campus is still for people and should be able to accommodate all kinds of needs. A good example is an open space in the middle with private offices surrounding it).
    • The discussion developed around the topic of open and private spaces as a reflection of diverse needs of the users.
    • A concern was mentioned that the new Aalto ARTS building is designed as an activity-based learning environment (open spaces with very little private room for work or storage). Idea: there must be the rules of conduct about how you use the space, and they should be revised from time to time.
    • At the same time, loosing a sense of belonging to the group when working from home can be a problem. Working with the same group of people around is important: that’s why isolation is not a good strategy, but at the same time constant fluctuation (when working in a shared open space) is not helping either.
    • Common spaces is important. People can choose when they want to socialise and remain private when they need. A plain open office sometimes becomes a constant meeting place or a coffee room. It can have a positive or negative impact. At the department of architecture every student have their own desk, but they are not used mush because student prefer to be in the common area. The desk are used to store the materials and belongings. At AYY most people have mobile places. It ended up like people working after the meetings in the meeting room around one big table. It’s better to work with the group if you’re part of the group. It seems like the arrangement of the work space is connected to the work tasks: people who have different tasks throughout the day may want to change their environment while people focusing on one challenging task would like to remain in privacy.
    • Open spaces are a problem for visual art classes: it’s difficult to do some creative activities (that require heavy materials or messy work) in a mobile environment, you need to have a studio space. There is not much attention to how the faculty would like to teach. Need for privacy is high for activities like counselling. In the private space problems became big issues while in the open space they seemed more workable.
    • Insight: activity-based spaces are designed for people who need very little to work: their laptop and a few other items. However, some people need more than that for comfortable and productive work. It’s not only about extra room for equipment or books, but also for some private things or visual material that you need to be displayed around. Idea: Activity based environment requires different spaces, not just one open space. Variety of types of rooms to support the work + private spaces for people who really need them. The question is how to define these people and needs that they have. The open room shouldn’t be for everybody by default.
    • People develop attachment (sense of belonging) to: other people people, place, specific setting. A possibility to customise the space can be one way to create attachment.
    • Does density has an impact on perceived diversity?
    • In Aalto campus in Otaniemi a lot of spaces are not in use. The lowest use rate is for the traditional rooms. Otakkari 1 building has the diversity of spaces (traditional learning and teaching, new types of spaces). But their density is very low.
    • Otakaari 1: each wing has its own history and specialisation, can it have own identity and be different from other? (The diversity of spaces could be reflected explicitly).
    • Accessible entrances and routs should be positioned as main ones but not as back or additional roads, otherwise people feel excluded from the activity of the others.