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    ... ******************* THE COMPRESSED VERSION OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT: TENTH IFHP URBAN PLANNING / DESIGN SUMMER SCHOOL 2004 1 -14 August 2004 OTANIEMI - HELSINKI
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      THE COMPRESSED VERSION OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT:


      TENTH
      IFHP URBAN PLANNING / DESIGN SUMMER SCHOOL 2004
      1 -14 August 2004
      OTANIEMI - HELSINKI - PORVOO - JYVÄSKYLÄ
      FINLAND

      The Centre of Urban and Regional Studies (YTK) at the Helsinki University
      of Technology (HUT) is hosting the tenth edition of the IFHP Summer School
      in Finland.

      Heritage in the built environment is a current and acute question of
      increasing importance. Modern way of life, new technology, automation,
      growing traffic congestion, changes in the setting of commerce etc. take
      little notice of the legacy of our urban culture.

      We must learn to see and understand the real value of what previous
      architectural and urban achievements have left us to regard. New solutions
      in the spirit of globalization is streamlining the concrete apparition of
      our daily routes, and new places tend to work and look the same with
      little concern of their location on the map or their cultural background.

      This announcement is an invitation for applying to the Summer School. It
      is addressed to students at all levels of studies and young
      professionals from all disciplines related to physical planning. The
      number of students will vary from 35 to 45 representing many countries
      worldwide.

      Costs
      There are no participation fees for the IFHP Summer School. The
      participants are, however, expected to cover their travel costs to and
      from Helsinki, as well as any other expenses during their stay (i.e.
      accommodation, meals, local travel costs, etc.).

      Conclusive and serious applications in writing containing
      1. A letter of intent of active participation in the IFHP SUMMER SCHOOL
      2004 in Finland
      2. A short CV of one page only, including address and necessary contact
      data
      are expected by mail not later than
      15 March 2004.
      They should be sent to:
      Helsinki University of Technology (HUT)
      Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (YTK)
      P.B. 9300, 02015 HUT Finland.

      For further information, please visit the home page of the Summer School
      which also includes a link to an interactive application form:
      http://www.hut.fi/Units/Separate/YTK/educat/intevents.html


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      THE FULL TEXT:


      TENTH
      IFHP URBAN PLANNING / DESIGN SUMMER SCHOOL 2004
      1 - 14 August 2004
      OTANIEMI - HELSINKI - PORVOO - JYVÄSKYLÄ

      FINLAND

      The Centre of Urban and Regional Studies (YTK) at the Helsinki University
      of Technology (HUT) is hosting the tenth edition of the IFHP Summer School
      in Finland. The course is supported by the cities of Porvoo and Jyväskylä the Finnish Urban and Housing National Association (SFHP) and the Helsinki
      University of Technology.

      In celebrating its tenth anniversary the IFHP Urban Planning / Design
      Summer School is passing a remarkable milestone. It has proved to be a
      success its reputation is world-wide as the number of applicants is
      continuously growing.

      Heritage in the built environment is in general a current and acute
      question of increasing importance. Modern way of life, new technology,
      automation, growing traffic congestion, changes in the setting of commerce
      etc. take little notice of the legacy of our urban culture on different
      historical layers.

      We must educate present and coming generations in seeing and understanding
      the real value of what previous architectural and urban achievements have
      left us to regard. New solutions in the spirit of globalization is
      streamlining the concrete apparition of our daily routes, and new places
      tend to work and look the same with little concern of their location on
      the map or cultural background.

      We need a change of paradigm in evaluating the characteristics of urban
      and semi-urban communities as testimonies of their own time and society
      regarding urban and cultural heritage as a resource and projecting these
      values into the future.

      The towns of Porvoo (founded in the 13th century, 45 000 inhabitants) and
      Jyväskylä (city rights in 1837, 82 000 inhabitants) are medium sized urban
      agglomerations with their own and distinctive character. Porvoo is on the
      southern coast of the country some 50 km to the East from the capital;
      Jyväskylä gain, is situated 270 km North of Helsinki in the heart of the
      Finnish Lake District.

      Jyväskylä: Improving a Housing Estate in the Periphery
      During the decades of the growth and development, the city of Jyväskylä
      has faced a shortage of building ground as it is located on a neck of land
      between two lakes. This, together with the modernist planning principles
      directed the new inhabitants to dormant residential areas outside the
      city. One of them is Huhtasuo, stemming from the 60' and 70'. The housing estate is situated some six
      km from the downtown city, rather separate and surrounded by nature
      dimensioned for 9700 inhabitants. The satellite is suffering from a weak
      social structure, a degenerated commercial and cultural sub-centre but is,
      nevertheless, a good representative of a historical era, which
      internationally is undergoing a slow and gentle gentrification. Huhtasuo
      needs, however, a new spirit and a new face.

      Porvoo: Linking Four Public Squares
      Being the second oldest town of Finland, the urban texture of the city is
      varied: there is the well preserved old medieval town, the orthogonal
      district from mid-nineteenth century and the 20th century developments
      forming a modern infill in the central commercial area and the mostly
      residential zones surrounding the older parts. The centre of the city is
      scattered with a series of public squares forming social focuses in their
      district. In the planning solutions of today the role of history ought to
      be strongly emphasized and the richness that a medieval ingredient offers
      to the cityscape should be taken advantage of. A network of socio-spatial
      experiences would tie the different districts together.

      In Porvoo and Jyväskylä the participants are invited to analyse the
      existing conditions and to suggest innovative and realistic improvements
      to the environments emphasizing the cultural values of the respective
      planning area.

      The first days are spent at the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies of
      the University of Technology in its Otaniemi campus. This part of the
      course consists of lectures on topics related to Finnish physical
      planning, and culture, a full-day presentation of the City of Helsinki,
      including a tour of new planning projects, sponsored by the Helsinki City
      Planning Department. This section of the programme aims at facilitating
      the practical work in the main part of the Summer School.
      The core of the event is the succeeding active block of ten days in the
      respective towns, which follows the opening section. The participants will
      be divided into two groups and travel by the University bus, to Porvoo and
      Jyväskylä where project planning and workshops will take place. Working
      either alone or in small groups, the participants will make their own
      proposals, in accordance with the themes of the course. The ideas are to
      be illustrated by two drawings (100 x 70 cm). The participants define
      their objective of planning and of selected environmental weaknesses in
      cooperation with the director of the course or his/her deputy. The studies
      and projects include comprehensive and sensitive planning and design,
      detailing and landscaping, taking into account social and cultural
      dimensions in particular.


      The proposals will be presented on Thursday 12 August to the cities
      authorities and experts, the general public and the local press. Returning
      to the Otaniemi campus on Saturday 14, the closing session takes place
      with an exhibition of the works, presentation of the report and
      distribution of Diplomas.

      Alongside the project work, evening events will be held at which the
      participants will have (a highly recommended) opportunity to present their
      own reports or works on related topics.

      In line with a nine years tradition, a report will be produced by the
      participants during the final days of the School, presenting the essence
      of the proposals a written summary with illustrations (two pages of A4 for
      each entry).

      The working language at the course is English. A perfect command, however,
      is not required as there will be mutual assistance within the groups.

      This announcement is an invitation for applying to the Summer School. It
      is addressed to students at all levels of studies and young professionals
      from all disciplines related to physical planning. The number of students
      will vary from 35 to 45 representing many countries worldwide.

      Costs:
      There are no participation fees for the IFHP Summer School. The
      participants are, however, expected to cover their travel costs to and
      from Helsinki, as well as any other expenses during their stay (i.e.
      accommodation, meals, local travel costs, etc.). The Summer School will
      make provisional reservations at the most reasonably priced hostel in
      Helsinki, but final confirmation of lodging must be given by the
      participants. In Porvoo and Jyväskylä students are offered modest sleeping
      quarters free of charge or at symbolic rates.

      Selected students who require a visa for their stay in Finland will be
      assisted by the Summer School by providing them with a formal letter of
      invitation accompanied with a letter of introduction addressed to the
      appropriate consulates / embassies.

      Organization
      The Director of the Summer School is Professor Ranko RADOVIC, former
      President of the IFHP, and as his Deputy is architect Hans J. STENIUS from
      HUT / YTK acting. Substantial assistance will be given to participants and
      tutors by Johan PFEIFER, Head of Porvoo City Planning Office, Ilkka
      HALINEN, Head of Jyväskylä city Planning Office, and their staff.

      Applications from several countries are expected containing the following
      two documents:
      1. A letter of intent of active participation in the IFHP SUMMER SCHOOL
      2004 in Finland.
      2. A short CV of one page only, including address and necessary contact
      data.

      Conclusive and serious applications in writing are expected by mail not
      later than
      15 March 2004.
      They should be sent to:
      Helsinki University of Technology (HUT)
      Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (YTK)
      P.B. 9300, 02015 HUT Finland.
      Successful applicants will be informed by 9 April 2004.
      For further information, please call TKK/YTK:
      Tel + 358 9 451 2147 (Hans J. Stenius)
      Fax + 358 9 451 4071
      hans.stenius@...

      Information can also be obtained from the IFHP Secretariat (Joke
      Bierhuys):
      Wassenaarseweg 43
      2596 CG The Hague, Holland
      Tel + 31 70 328 1504
      Fax + 31 70 328 2085
      congress@...

      The home page of the Summer School also includes a link to an interactive
      application form:
      http://www.hut.fi/Units/Separate/YTK/educat/intevents.html
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