Honey pot Hubs model

A goal of the second workshop with heads of department was to decide on the distribution principles for people, as well as to consider organization structures.

The presentation included four different kinds of distribution principles models:

  1. a) Degree programmes
  2. b) Existing groups
  3. c) Focus areas
  4. d) Fortuna

After the presentation, participants divided into two working groups and worked with two different models discussing pros and cons and elaborating on these.

The decision

The heads of department decided that the people distribution principles and organization structures will be organized within the Väre building according to a model called Honey pot Hubs, which is created by utilizing ARTS’ focus areas (as hubs) in relation to ARTS’ degree programmes.

Focus areas are:

  • Design in all scales of human environment and everyday life
  • Meanings and expressions, storytelling
  • Artistic research practice
  • Culture of sharing; new ways of planning, producing and distributing
  • Digital society

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The construction work on Väre building begins

Finally the building permit is legal now. The building permit was done in the meeting on the 29th of October 2015 by Espoo city on the board of construction. So, that means the construction work on Väre building begins. Due to construction work on Väre, Otaniementie will be closed to traffic between Vuorimiehentie and Tietotie as of Friday, 18 December. These alternate routes will remain in effect until August 2016, at which time the metro will be open for service and the Espoo bus lines will be revised.

The metro building has got also a new temporary façade in Otaniemi (see a picture). A huge change of the Otaniemi campus has started and later there will be seen also more about Väre building and art works in fence of the Väre building construction site. Least, I am looking forward to see it!

Metroaseman väliaikainen fasadi

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The title One Campus

Väreen pienoismalli

You may wonder about the title One Campus. What is the one campus and what does it mean? The title is based on Aalto University’s strategy and its decision to create one main campus in Otaniemi. The Aalto board decided that the main campus will be located in Otaniemi on June 2011. According to the decision, Aalto University Properties Ltd arranged a Campus 2015 architectural competition. The aim was to design a new core for the campus for Aalto University. Väre proposal, designed by the Finnish firm Verstas Architects and its team of architects, Väinö Nikkilä, Jussi Palva, Riina Palva and Ilkka Salminen, won the Campus 2015 architectural design competition in 2013.

One campus is a name for a project that includes Aalto University’s new building plan and construction work of Väre in Otaniemi from end users point of view and School of Art, Design, and Architecture (ARTS) moving to the new building in 2018. Officially, one campus project started the first of September and it will end the 31st of December in 2018 all together 168 weeks. Its aim is to serve end users needs in the new building premises and learning and working environment for Aalto University, especially School of Art, Design, and Architecture.

During the project there will be arranged several workshops that I hope you can join too. It is important that students and personnel are taking part for workshops that will carry out suitable premises for the learning and working environment for Aalto people. Along the project the communication and information is very important and that is also the reason why I am writing this blog. You may follow what is happening during these years. There will be also a shooting camera that is taking pictures of the contraction work of Väre that you can see via this link: http://vare-cam.aalto.fi. Later on there will be also art activities around in Otaniemi that are connected to Väre and presenting ARTS activity in the main campus.

I want to borrow president Tuula Teeri’s opening speech from 2010 in T3 (Otaniemi- Keilaniemi-Tapiola area) meeting of leadership in Karhusaari that included companies from Keilaniemi, Espoo city and Aalto University. Aalto University’s strategy emphasizes interaction and openness towards to the society. Building creates encounters and Aalto University can be seen as a learning center that is working as a window to the surrounding society. There can be arranged art exhibitions, show films and innovations. The aim is that Otaniemi area will get excellence traffic communication and transportation. The wish is that Otaniemi is alive to the students as well as for other ones.

Now the roadmap to achieve this goal is to make the words and plans to become tangible! We still have to wait for a moment that construction work of Väre can start but not too long until end of this year. Civil works on the site will begin during the autumn and construction itself will start next year. I invite you to the road of one campus journey!

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