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ISCN 2015 Dialogue 1: Universities and Cities in the 21st Century, Antti Ahlava


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Antti Ahlava, Professor and Vice President, Aalto University

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ISCN 2015 Dialogue 1: Universities and Cities in the 21st Century, Antti Ahlava

  1. 1. The Development of the Otaniemi Campus, Finland ASustainableIntegrationtoUrbanContext Dialogue 1: Universities and Cities in the 21st Century, moderated by Chris Webster (Dean of Architecture UHK) ISCN Conference, UHK, Centennial Campus, The Jockey Club Tower, CC 3.2
  2. 2. Contents 1. The Sustainability of Aalto University Campus Decision 2. Integrating Academic Activities and Campus Development 3. Societal Impact 4. The Sustainable General Plan of Otaniemi Campus 5. Energy Self-Sufficiency 6. Optimized and Shared Use 7. Biodiversity 8. Mobility
  3. 3. 25.6.2015 3 1. The Sustainability ofAalto University Campus Decision • The goal of aligning the organisation’s core mission with sustainable development, facilities, research, and education should be linked to creating a “living laboratory” for sustainability. • Campus sustainability programmes have concrete goals and can bring together campus residents with external partners, such as industry, government, or organised civil society.
  4. 4. Monofunctional greenfield campus Diversified campus with BOTH greenfield AND new urban development Otaniemi Campus
  5. 5. Antti Ahlava Ahlava - Mäkynen - Niemeyer - Sotamaa et al. HIGH-RISE SHUFFLE SOUNDINGS 2010
  6. 6. Antti Ahlava Ahlava - Mäkynen - Niemeyer - Sotamaa et al. HIGH-RISE SHUFFLE SOUNDINGS 2010
  7. 7. 2. IntegratingAcademicActivities and Campus Development 25.6.2015 7 • Cross-disciplinarity as a paradigm – Creative sustainability ( – Sustainable Global Technologies ( – Aalto Energy Efficiency Research Programme ( • A mobile application to calculate the ecological food-print of meals served in lunch restaurants • Cellulose-based products suitable for technical textiles and consumer products • SHIFT (Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation) is a research project which deals with investigating the roles of universities, incubators, business development organisations, financial institutions, design service providers and other relevant actors in supporting sustainable entrepreneurship Research areas & Multidisciplinary themes
  8. 8. 2. IntegratingAcademicActivities and Campus Development 25.6.2015 8 • Sustainable development themes were the topic of some 340 research articles or conference papers (11% of all publications). • Within the Nordic 5 Tech University Alliance, joint Master›s programmes: Innovative sustainable Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Urban Transitions. • In the strategic partnership with Tongji University, China, Aalto is strongly focusing on sustainability and green campus issues, also linking the two sister cities Shanghai and Espoo and participating China Green Campus Alliance network (
  9. 9. 3. Societal Impact 25.6.2015 9 • Partnering is the paradigm • Aalto Global Impact ( • Green Campus Alliance Nordic Sustainable Campus Network ( 41 higher education institutions from Nordic Countries • Innovative City® Partnership Programme with the City of Helsinki ( • Greening Events in Helsinki Metropolitan area ( • LUMA Centre Otaniemi; mathematics, natural sciences and technology for schoolchildren ( • Cross-disciplinary Urban Academy collaboration with University of Helsinki: integrated biosciences, sociology, geography, architecture, land-use and industrial design education and research Liina shelter house
  10. 10. 4.The Sustainable General Plan of Otaniemi Campus
  11. 11. 5. Energy self-sufficiency 25.6.2015 11 • The university aims at energy self-sufficiency by 2030 by defining potential energy solutions and changing consumer behaviour • St1 & Fortum collaboration: 7km deep geothermal 10MW plant producing 10% of the city’s heating: active by the end on 2016
  12. 12. Optimizedand Shared Use 25.6.2015 12 25.6.2015 12 • Aalto University has committed to a national TETS energy saving plan of the property sector by 6% in 2016. • The efficiency of waste processing was improved in 2014 and 90% of the waste created in facilities was recovered. • The new renting model has diminished active area and the target is 25% shrinkage for more efficient use of space • Info screens launched indicating e.g. energy consumption and public transportation schedules for buildings, to be integrated to a mobile telephone system soon. • SPIRE - a mobile app for finding car parking places • ARVO (VALUE) platform for recycling • Facilities as shared services for work, housing and services
  13. 13. 7. Biodiversity 25.6.2015 13 • Students and personnel can rent their own garden plot at Otaniemi campus. • Decaying Garden is supporting biodiversity, in co-operation with Finnish Association for Nature Conservation and University of Helsinki Biosciences • Grey water recycling
  14. 14. 8. Mobility • The conditions for sustainable transport improved by Otaniemi Smart Mobility programme, where mobility is taken as a service. • Shared electric vehicles and campus bikes • Accessibility through renovations and signage • Easy access for pedestrians • Kutsuplus on-demand mass transportation service