Summer Camp focused on urban development


Second phase of the Sino Finnish 100 Challenge took place in Finland. SF100 Summer Camp was organised on 31 July – 11 August at the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi.

Over 100 students from China and Finland as well as instructors from Aalto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University tackled the challenges of urbanisation. The students worked in teams to develop ideas for an interactive environment and sustainable development using Aalto’s Otaniemi campus as a test platform and a 3D model as a tool.

”Sino Finnish Challenge plays an important role in the Finland 100 festivities of Aalto University. It also tightens co-operation in campus development with our Chinese partner universities while looking for comprehensive solutions to the challenges of urbanisation. The Summer Camp workshops produced useful perspectives and demonstrations to the campus development in Aalto University”, states Antti Ahlava, Vice President of Aalto University (Campus Development).

The Summer Camp resulted with a CityScope Aalto model that is now being used as a tool in regional planning. CityScope is an augmented reality platform, that can be used to visualize complex relations between variables in a urban environment and to simulate impacts from different projects. The model works as a support for a decision in a dynamic, developing and knowledge-based process.

After the Summer Camp, the CityScope model has also been used for example in upper secondary school curriculum this fall.

The third and final project will be held as an invitational competition in China.