maanantai 16. helmikuuta 2009


Hi everyone!

Here are few more points on the mid-review and project plan. Hope you don't get too

-to learn to present your project proposal in limited time
-to learn to sell your ideas
-to learn to engage the audience/client with your project

For the project plan remember the useful slides from Paul Silfverberg's lecture in Noppa.
Also you can find other good guides from various sources.

In the project plan include a timeline: what stages does your work have, how long are you
planning to work on each of them. On what part(s) does each participant (group member)
work. How would/will the work continue after this course i.e. after May 2009.

We'll have a short briefing at start of the session so please all be there on Monday 2.3.
at 12:00 sharp.

Have a good work week!



Hi everyone!

We have two weeks for our first mid-review. Remember that on Monday 23.2. we don't have a lecture. You are free to work on your projects independently that day.

The mid-review session is held in the same classroom as usual Y307 on Monday March 2nd 12:15-15:00. Please arrive on time! Even though your group isn't the first one to take the stage it's important for you to see every presentation. Note that everyone will also work as an opponent for some other group.

There will be 30 minutes for each group. This includes the group's 10 minute long presentation after that we'll have 20 minutes for discussion and feedback from the opponents, mentors, visiting experts and professor. Our timetable is as follows. For our second mid-review we will rotate the order and the opponent groups.

12:15-12:45 presentation by Group 1 (opponent Group 3)
12:45-13:15 presentation by Group 2 (opponent Group 4)
13:15-13:45 presentation by Group 3 (opponent Group 5)
13:45-14:00 Break14:00-14:30 presentation by Group 4 (opponent Group 1)
14:30-15:00 presentation by Group 5 (opponent Group 2)

Group 1 = Amman, Sahab city centre
Group 2 = Hydropower in Romania
Group 3 = Shalin, Carbon capture and storage
Group 4 = NSN, Village connection
Group 5 = Taipei city, Guandu

So each group has a task of being an opponent for another group. For example the students from NSN Village Connection will study the work of Group 2 (Hydropower in Romania) and give their feedback after the presentation of that group. This means that you will read the submitted material i.e. the project plan by the group you are opponent for after it has been uploaded to Optima.

In the mid-review session you also pay special attention to the presentation of that group and afterwards your group will be the first one to give comments and feedback. You can ask questions, comment on the good and not so good things, discuss? i.e. act as an opponent. Please everybody be active in this role also.

Here are some guidelines for the material to be submitted:You have to submit your PROJECT PLAN to Optima on Wednesday 25.2. before midnight. In Optima upload the .doc or .pdf file into a folder named "PROJECT PLANS (for 1. mid-review)". Please don´t use newer Word-files only .doc .Your project plan can have as many pages as you want. Besides text it can include maps, photos, designs, charts etc. whatever you feel you need to show to explain your project plan to your "potencial buyer or customer". Include all possible information as if you were selling your plan or applying for funding for the project. Don?t assume that everybody already knows your project and its details. Include what, where, why, when and how, possible costs, solutions, options, future plans?

For your actual 10 minute presentation or "sales speech" on Monday 2.3. you can prepare a powerpoint presentation or use whichever format you want. I'll have a laptop and projector for your use. It's important that each group member that is present takes part and has a role in the presentation.

You DON'T have to submit that presentation to Optima with your project plan on 25.2. But after the mid-review it would be nice to upload it there just in case someone wants to review it.

Remember that you also need to write a blog/diary entry about the mid-review session. Write about your own presentation, experiences on giving and receiving feedback, overall notes etc. Here you have loads of information. If you still have any concerns or questions please contact me.I also attached all this text as a .doc file.

Have a nice week! Chao!. Pamela.


Hi all!

I was asked to specify what is expected of THE PLAN. You're right, the word "plan" can be

In this project plan you are supposed to tell and sell your idea (or plan) of how you are going to solve and execute your task/problem/issue.

Imagine you were applying for funding or grant. You can't just state that "We want to create affordable ways to access internet for rural communities. We need 10.000 euros for this project." You have to be much much more specific. State all the aspects of the project. What will you do. What have you already done. How will you proceed. You already have plans to investigate this and create that with the help of this and that. The outcome will be x. What is your desired "complete solution" at this point? Maybe it will change along the way but at this point your objectives are --------.

(Don't worry about the money part, you don't have to make up exact budget. Maybe think about how many people would be needed for the work here and there, experts, locals etc. How many months, years for each stage etc. ...)
What would YOU want to know about a project before deciding to invest in it?

Hope this helps!


perjantai 30. tammikuuta 2009


GUANDU – Taipei from the River

Cross-disciplinary urban design management for Guandu flood plain in Taipei Taiwan. Landscape-urbanism from urban river angle.

Partner Implementer: Taipei City Government Department of Urban Development

Mentor: Marco Casagrande, C-Laboratory Finland
Mentor, local contact: Frank Chen


Taipei City is located by the Danshui and Keelong Rivers in the Taipei Basin surrounded by mountains on three sides and opening up towards the Pacific Ocean. Around 6 million people live in the area. Metropolitan Taipei is estimated with 10 million.

Taipei City has kept the 720 hectares Guandu Plain in the meeting of the Danshui and Keelong Rivers as a reserve of urban development. Now the city is planned to extend to the Guandu Plain and the Department of Urban Development is looking forward to ecologically sustainable solutions of the future urban development.

The first generation Taipei grew to a fruitful river valley with the rivers as the main transportation route. The rivers provided food and much of the agriculture was based on flooding. Taipei was fully dependent on the environment.

Urban planning and industrialization was introduced by the Japanese. Hyper-industrialization took place starting from the end of 1940’s when the millions of Kuomingtang loyalists retreated to Taiwan after a lost civil war in the Mainland China. The second generation Taipei, the industrial city, claimed independence from the natural environment – the rivers got walled off from the city and got heavily polluted. Taipei is a model of the Asian industrial urbanism.

Future Guandu is viewed as the possible site of the Third Generation Taipei. The objective of the studio is to develop the cross-disciplinary design methodology of the third generation city with urban river characteristics.

1. 150.000 new inhabitants in ecological communities
2. Flood plain and urban river natural restoration
3. The implementation of environmental technology
4. Innovated transportation
5. Bio-climate effect to Taipei City