OURCity

AN ALTERNATIVE MASTER-PLAN FOR MERI-RASTILA, HELSINKI VAIHTOEHTOINEN ASEMAKAAVA MERI-RASTILAAN, HELSINKI Workshop with Architects

Mariana Salgado Doctor of Arts- Interaction Design Head of the MBA in User Centered Design User Driven Innovation Center Laurea University of Applied Sciences

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OURCity OUTReach SOCIAL-ECONOMICAL AN OUT REACH PROJECT: GIVE VOICES
to the immigrant populations, less affluent populations and semi-integrated populations

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OURCity OUTReach SOCIAL-ECONOMICAL AN OUT REACH PROJECT: USE DESIGN

as a non-verbal language to connect people ● who may not share the same cultural codes

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OURCity OUTReach SOCIAL-ECONOMICAL AN OUT REACH PROJECT: DESIGN INCLUSION by enabling the civic society to reclaim public space

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OURCity OUTReach SOCIAL-ECONOMICAL AN OUT REACH PROJECT: FACILITATE INCLUSIVENESS by empowering the weaker voices in society

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OURCity OUTReach SOCIAL-ECONOMICAL AN OUT REACH PROJECT: AN ALTERNATIVE MASTER-PLAN
To provide the local residents with the power to influence the development of their neighbourhood

YOU! Use Post-its notes all the time that someone is talking to put your thoughts Identify stakeholders/ users (in Orange) ● Identify Success Indicators (in Brown) ● Identify Risks and Opportunities (in Violet) ● Generate ideas (in Yellow) ● On methods (in Green)

Do not worry if the others add more stickies! Do not worry if it is stupid! This is a BRAINSTORM SESSION It needs to be inspirational, not only instrumental

Do not stress! Try to get into participants' moods! Not defined solutions! INSPIRE yourself and let the others inspire you! Meri-Rastila people have great expectations regarding your work.

But you have to get rid of the responsibility to do a creative analysis of what has happened in the workshops!
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One with Pro-Meri Rastila One open immigrants + Finns One with children (5th degree) + Todays' workshop to analyze results

4 persons around
Jaana/ Seija/ Dina/ Mariana were in the area making the invitations Posters + F2F invitations

ALTERNATIVE MASTER-PLAN FOR MERI-RASTILA VAIHTOEHTOINEN ASEMAKAAVA MERI-RASTILAAN
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1. Welcome words 2. Short breaking the ice exercise (30min). Use clay to express the characteristics or role of the buildings that will come to the area. Think in relevant aspects such as socializing. Each person do their own shape and set it in the middle of the table. After there are no more contributions we group the clay shapes and we think in the main groups of characteristics that these new buildings could have.

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GOAL Talk about feelings moods and abstract characteristics of public and private spaces Get ALL participants involved Get the feeling that there are not right-wrong questions Understand that we will listen to all.

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3. Make a project for Meri-Rastila considering the need of bringing spaces for 2000 inhabitants. (Group work) Use the map to indicate the places. Use Lego and wooden blocks to place the buildings Each group explain the reasons behind their master plan, and ask questions like: Why they have positioned the buildings where they have? Why they have chosen a certain arrangement of buildings? The other groups should ask the questions and create discussions in order to discover why certain aspects where taken in consideration

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GOAL Identify places Better understand their thoughts, Why do they care about certain issues and not on others? What do they prioritize?

Valuable pieces that give value to the area without the need to bring rich people. Remember nature

It is not compulsory to built We can live without the new buildings This is a building with some terrace for gardening (this idea came in both workshops)

Soft and original shapes that allows for originality New forms of thinking.

Sun panels Tall buildings In the basement is stable piece to hold the rest

Soft sculpture for welcoming visitors and citizens to the area. Design / Art Clean & Soft

Left overs Collaboration All what was left from everyones participation Art work

Tall building Round because it gives more space to buildings Near metro station No parking! Only parking for bikes!

The kindergarten land could be used better. They are all one floor buildings, and they could be better used In the basement the kindergarten In Lepaväärä there is something similar.

Grouping:

Buildings and art pieces

Grouping:

Free time and distance work Gardening

Grouping:

Development / Preserving Coast line / gardening in terrace

RESULTS on participation In the 1st workshop: 14 participants, one workshop moderator, one person for documentation and 2 observers. In the 2nd workshop: 14 students, 1 moderator, 1 teacher and 1 for documentation/observer. In the 3rd workshop: 1 workshop moderator + 1 documentation + 9 observers + 2 journalists + 1 translator + around 30 participants: more than 40 persons/3 languages spoken.

RESULTS on participation In the last workshop it was not possible to 1) have intimate conversations. 2) follow with interesting threads of discussion that were around. 3) make good use of all the participants, having enough time to do stupid and not so relevant questions that lead to good ones. 4) improvise, which we could do in both previous workshops MarianaI did not have support from a Finnish speaking person that could disrupt the discussion and make the right question at the right time. There was confusion. People do not speaking Finnish disturb the flow of activities. It was a big event. Media attention.

RESULTS A lot of the ideas that came in the clay exercise where used in the map work. A lot of ideas were repeated (as the use of the Metro line) They identify several places where new buildings could be placed. Nobody wanted to fight or disagree (on materials for housing). Whenever a new building was added to the forest, their idea was that it was an antique one or a wooden one.

RESULTS

On the clay exercise:

Most of the people have made buildings. In the 2nd and 3rd workshop I emphasized in the need of thinking in moods or feelings, not in terms of building shapes. More buildings were modeled. All of the participants added an idea. On map exercise: The wooden blocks or Lego pieces were too big for the scale of the map. Though the idea was not making something as architects do, still people perceive it as out of scale. The fact that were too big also allow them to get rid of the idea that they should do something possible and realistic. The task was understood.

RESULTS On both tasks: The materials help people to elicit their thoughts and give form to new ones. They appropriate ideas coming from others. They have been into focus and keep track of the discussion. Participants enjoy the activity, even forgetting that all these could become part of their daily landscape. They thought that it was too easy to add buildings and they perceive this as dangerous. Good/important ideas were repeated

RESULTS on participation The observers: 1) Impose their language 2) Offer concrete solutions that lead the discussion to details on the proposals, which was never the main goal of the workshop, 3) Put solutions in participants' proposals, even when the participants did not have a solution, 3) Were not aware about the theoretical and practical framework on participatory observation/design.

Somali group? Around 10 participants + 1 translator The translator was not always translating + we do not know what he translated. They challenge the wood as material for building but the discussion was stop by 5 Finns eager to defend it. Somali women did not want to confront They did not know how to use the map, they have never seen a map of the area. They thank and enjoy the meeting! They gave positive feedback. A common big space. Bigger spaces in gral.

Children workshop? Same type of discussions that adults: jut more blunt: NiB. Physical fighting. A swimming pool with timetables for women/men. The adults suggested the same for the beach. One in Meri-Rastila. New restaurants (hamburgers, vegetables and fruits proposals), coffee shop, football field, gardening space, a place to practice with the arrows and the target, climbing park, zoo (?), candy shop and tall building.

The materials (clay and lego) disturb them instead of inspired them and keep them focus. One group quarrel and their project was broken. They did not negotiate before doing. They do all together. They did not listen to each other.

Inside or Outside the red line? Citizens in Meri Rastila do not get the same information as architects in our project. Architects in our project do not open the whole discussion with the city architects to the citizens. Details appear in the discussion, but there is not a info event in which they are informed on the overall discussion. This is an architect-architect discussion. There are contradictions in city architects sayings: around 600 meters from metro station or inside the red line. The red line is not reasonable, since people move out/in.

LOT of people: GREAT! More people can participate in later events, as these ones were perceived as successful! Media involved! An interview in Hessari Pro-Meri Rastila people participate even when not invited ;-0 This shows the need of Pro-Meri Rastila to spread their word (convince others?), get connected to other people (that are not part of their discussions) and trust our work (?). Observers came even when they do not understand the language. Too much expectations for the workshops. “I am in this project to get involved in citizens discussion”

THERE IS A NEED TO ORGANIZE MORE WORKSHOPS FOR People in our group Reinforcing the intercultural dialogue between Immigrants/ Finns For improving the level of the discussion and deep on certain issues that were only superficially tackled. For Meri-Rastila citizens “we could implement some of these ideas even without funding” “it is great to have the opportunity to thikg on these issues with neighbors and get to know who lives near by”.

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ALTERNATIVE MASTER-PLAN FOR MERI-RASTILA WORKING IN CO-OPERATION WITH: PRO MERI-RASTILA –LIIKE & MERI-RASTILAN ALUEFOORUMI

Contact: JAANA PYLKKÄNEN jaana.pylkkanen@pp1.inet.fi http://promerirastila.blogspot.com/ http://www.fokka.hai.fi/meri_rastilan_aluefoorumi/

AALTO UNIVERSITY AND HELSINKI UNIVERSITY
SPECIAL COURSE in urban planning Course Professor: TREVOR HARRIS Tutor: HOSSAM HEWIDY 4 student participants SPECIAL COURSE for the Master’s degree programme of Planning Geography Course contact: MICHAIL GALANAKIS michail.galanakis@gmail.com 2 student participants trevor.harris@aalto.fi hossam.hewidy@aalto.fi

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Thanks!

As a workshop coordinator I learnt: Journalist should not be invited, unless they come 15 min before hand or stay till the end of the workshop. They were disturbing the activities of the workshop. This was not a show, but a way to establish a dialogue with people. Journalist were obstacles for the flow of this dialogue. People involved in documentation or as observers need to trained to understand the purpose and goal of the workshop. Till now my assistants to the workshops a) understood what was going on, b) were researchers that knew how to work within this framework. The amount of people in total should not exceed the 20 persons. Good discussions in workshops do not require more people. Confirmation of participation might be useful. People that come as observers should not provide disturbance to workshop participants. It was distracting to have so many conversations in parallel.

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