Torstai 31.8.2017 14:30 - 18:30 Perjantai 1.9.2017 10:00 - 15:00

Architecture and Cities in Transition (ACT)

Olympia, Satakunnankatu 10 & Kuivaamo, Lielahdenkatu 10

Architecture and Cities in Transition-seminar (ACT) is the traditional main event of the Tampere Architecture Week. The topic of Tampere Design and Architecture Week 2017 will be “cycles”. Cyclic phenomena such as trends, life cycle, iterative design process, and cycles in nature all have their effect on architecture and design. For the first time the seminar will be a two day event on 31.8.-1.9.2017.

The first day, ”Cycles in Architecture”, focusses on how innovative architecture can respond to the urban challenges.

The second day, ”Cycles in Urban Development”, is dedicated to the sustainability aspects of Hiedanranta, the future city district of Tampere. This part is also the opening seminar of the Urban Smart Energy project.


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Cycles in Architecture

31.8.2017 14:30-18:30

Olympia, Satakunnankatu 10 33100 Tampere

14:30 Pia Ilonen, Partner, Arkkitehtuuri- ja muotoilutoimisto Talli


16:00 Coffee Break

17:00 Martin Lukasczyk, Development Director, PES-architects

17:45 Kasper Guldager Jensen, Partner, 3XN

In co-operation with:



Evening Party 18:30-

Gallery in Siperia underpass , Itäinenkatu 13 (Former ”Meagazone”)

18:30 Service and fair tables open

19:30 ACT-Panel Discussion

20:00 DJ, Service and fair tables open

Together: Abloy, Weber, Hansgrohe, Profin, Scanmikael, Vieser, Siparila, Vink, Wienerberger, Liune, Ruukki, Aurubis


Cycles in Urban Development

1.9.2017 10:00-15:00

Kuivaamo, Lielahdenkatu 10, 33400 Tampere

10:00  Research projects of Hiedanranta presents
Markku Norvasuo, Urban Smart Energy, TUT
Elina Alatalo, Dwellers in Agile Cities, UTA
Jukka Rintala, Possibilities of algae in sanitation, TUT
Annuska Rantanen, Development vision for Hiedanranta, TUT

11:00 Vaasa energy cluster and pilot-projects presents
Esko Ala-Myllymäki, Project Manager, Oy Merinova Ab, Vaasa
Pertti Onkalo, Manager, Real Estate Services, City of Vaasa

11:45 Lunch

12:30  Sladjana Mijatovic, Circular innovation officer, City of amsterdam

13:15  Karel Mulder, Professor, TU Delft & THUAS

14:00  Panel discussion

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Karel Mulder, Pofessor, TU Delft & THUAS

Dr. Karel Mulder works as a professor in Urban Metabolism at The Hague University of Applied Science and an associate professor at Delft University of Technology. His current research interests are especially focused on fostering innovation in urban systems, such as energy, drinking water, sewage collection, transport and sanitation. He published two books on Sustainable Development and Technology, and various papers and book chapters. He initiated (and participated in) various EU and national funded research projects.

Shaping the circular, climate neutral, non-polluting, safe and equitable urban area for all.

The world is urbanising rapidly. Some mega cities of today, were just villages half a century ago. Many Westerners mistakenly tend to regard urbanisation as a typical developing nation phenomenon.

As urban dwellers are consuming over-average, urbanisation today is a menace for our planet. But every problem contains opportunity: Growing cities create new urban areas, and new built urban areas can be living labs for new forms of sustainable forms of urbanism. Moreover, cities are the habitat of the highly educated avant garde. New urban areas might act as an experimental playground for developing new solutions.

The innovations that are needed for sustainable cities are far-reaching: leaps are required, not just optimisations of existing buildings and infrastructures. Leaps require a different mind-set than optimisation:  It requires focussing on real needs, and not just ‘improved technology’. It also requires participation, as technologies that do not really fit our needs turn out to be a waste of resources. By a number of European examples opportunities and barriers are discussed to sustainabilise urban life.



Sladjana Mijatovic, Manager, Urban innovation program, City of Amsterdam

Ir. Sladjana Mijatovic graduated as Urban Designer at the Technical University in Delft. In 2013 she was seconded at Department of Economics & Amsterdam Marketing, where she rolled out a development strategy for a suitable investment climate for foreign companies to get settled in Amsterdam. From 2014 she has been working for the Chief Technology Office of the municipality as the Circular Innovation Officer.

Circular innovation in Amsterdam Smart City

During this keynote, the ’Amsterdam Approach’ will be explained furthermore, and how private and public parties are using the city of Amsterdam as a physical living lab for circular economy & circular area development. The city, companies and the public sector are increasingly seeking ways to work together and reduce their carbon footprint in order to help create a sustainable built environment.



Pia Ilonen, Partner, Talli Architects

A partner at Talli Architects, established in 1995. She is a strong advocate of inclusive projects and an active contributor in public discussions. She has designed restorations of high-profile cultural buildings and housing.

Architect as a Mediator

There seems to be a periodic cycle of about 20 years concerning the ideas of flexible and resident-oriented housing architecture. Pia Ilonen discusses in her lecture about architect as a mediator responding to the changing needs of contemporary ways of living.





Esko Ala-Myllymäki, Project Manager, Oy Merinova Ab, Vaasa

Mr. Esko Ala-Myllymäki has a Master of Science degree from the Faculty of Natural Science, University of Jyväskylä, with material physics as main subject. He has worked 30 years in various positions related to energy technology in Vaasa, at Strömberg/ABB, Tekes (The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation), and at present at Merinova. While at Tekes, Mr. Ala-Myllymäki worked as main contact person for the Innovative Cities program (INKA), the Sustainable Energy Solutions theme (Vaasa, Pori, Lappeenranta). In Merinova, Mr. Ala-Myllymäki has worked in for example solar photovoltaic and intelligent power grid projects.





Mr Pertti Onkalo –Manager, Real Estate Services, City of Vaasa

Pertti Onkalo holds a Master’s degree in Land Administration and is Manager of the Real Estate Services of the City of Vaasa since 2014. His main tasks are to manage and develop real properties owned by the City of Vaasa. At the moment City of Vaasa owns about 6000 ha of land and water areas with an estimated value of 400 M€. Mr. Onkalo is responsible of AIKO – Energy efficient and innovative residential area (Ravilaakso) –project and will be responsible for the implementation of Ravilaakso development area.

Ravilaakso is selected as a pilot area to study how energy efficiency and innovative renewable energy solutions can be integrated into land use planning. Through studies and research renewable energy potentials, energy storages and energy sharing concept are defined for Ravilaakso area. Different tools will developed to support urban planning and distribution of land plots for construction through competitive bidding process that will take into consideration also energy efficiency and innovative solutions.


Kasper Guldager Jensen, Partner, 3XN

Kasper Guldager Jensen is Senior Partner in 3XN and Director the innovation company GXN. The mission of GXN is to develop a building culture that positively affects the world we live in – both architecturally and environmentally. Kasper is passionately engaged in sustainability design, digital processes, and new materials. In the space of a few years he has become a spokesperson for the shape of future architecture, focusing on circular economy and integration of new materials and green technologies.

The Circular Way

What does it mean to work and live in buildings inspired by the circular economy? We need to challenge and rethink the way we think and use materials. The circular way is explored through projects from an upcycled office tower in Sydney to circular housing units in Denmark.



Martin Lukasczyk, Development Director, PES-Architects

Martin Lukasczyk is Development Director at PES-Architects Helsinki since 2012, and has worked at PES-Architects since 2005, when he started to participate in the international competition team of the office.  Since then he gained substantial experience in managing large scale international public building projects such as the Wuxi Grand Theatre (completed 2012) or the Fuzhou Strait Culture and Arts Center (to be completed in 2018).

Architecture Exchange

The lecture will focus on the main PES-Architects cultural building projects in China, documenting the cooperation achievements and difficulties from both China and Finland perspective, on technical and on cultural levels.




Michal Krištof, Partner, CHYBIK+KRISTOF

In 2010, Michal Krištof became a co-founder of the architectural studio CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS. In 2016, he was included in the “30 under 30” list by Forbes. The studio consists of thirty associated architects and it boasts a large number of completed and on-going projects, while taking into account the local contexts in great perspectives. Last year, they opened two new branches in Prague and Bratislava.





Markku Norvasuo, Researcher, TUT

D.Sc Markku Norvasuo is adjunct professor and researcher at Tampere University of Technology School of Architecture. In addition, he has a D.Sc grade in electrical engineering. His research experience covers urban and regional planning, the problems of neighbourhood renewal and housing issues, as well as the development of Finnish post-war planning and the role of technology in architecture. Currently his research focuses on models of sustainable planning and smart city solutions.

The Urban Smart Energy (USE) project studies and develops a scalable service model, based on digital solutions, for a local urban energy ecosystem. The project studies options available for the model, principles that promote the fast adoption of available solutions, and how the ecosystem could be part of urban development. The research community consists of researchers and the participating companies and cooperates with the City of Tampere for the development of the future Hiedanranta city district.



Elina Alatalo, Researcher, University of Tampere

Elina Alatalo is an architect-researcher, who is inspired by co-operation of amateur and professional designers. She graduated 2009 with a theoretical book on Open Source Architecture, as a response to an overwhelming design task in a South-African slum. Currently she is part of research consortium DAC – Dwellers in Agile Cities, that sees the varied people and their skills as keys to sustainable futures. DAC ( is funded by the Strategic Research Council of Academy of Finland.

Spring 2017 DAC organized with The Development Program of Hiedanranta and Tampere City Planners an open series of workshops, where the results of Hiedanranta Idea Competition were worked further  ( Elina will share notes of that process with the theme of cycles in mind.




Jukka Rintala, Professor, TUT

Professor Jukka Rintala is member of the Bio and circular economy research group at Tampere University of Technology. His research has focused on developing various biological technologies and concepts for resource recovery in urban and industrial environments. His research has covered the usage of municipal, forest and agricultural biomasses, and development of processes for methane, hydrogen and biochemical production as well as for nutrient circulation.

The research in Hiedanranta studies methods to treat and utilize the 30-100 years old sedimented fiber from a former pulp mill. Further, the sanitation system is studied and pilot-scale microalgae raceway -ponds are used to recovery the nutrients from collected source segregated urine


Annuska Rantanen, Researcher, TUT

Annuska Rantanen is an architect and researcher of urban planning and design at Tampere University of Technology, Laboratory of Architecture. She is interested in new urban agencies, technologies and infrastructures, their spatial manifestations and potentials to increase resilience. Planning needs to adapt to new drivers of urbanity and learn to embrace emergence, uncertainty and complexity. These issues were addressed in the “Hiedanranta development vision” (Lehtovuori et al. 2016). The vision outlined a concept for sustainable future development based on the circulation of resources across diverse agent networks.