This multidisciplinary course delves into the complex arena of urban activism. Grounded on cases based in the city of Tampere, the course will provide an overview of the range of spaces of dispute and action; the actors involved, their aims, the tactics they apply to voice their demands, their achievements, the challenges they face and the processes they unleash. Also the role of governance and the diverse and often controversial relationship between activism and official urban development are dealt with in the course. Through lectures, readings, discussions, site visits, and possibly even small spatial interventions, the course will introduce key concepts, promote critical thinking, and provide an understanding of the multifaceted processes related to urban activism. Moreover, the course stimulates a critical analysis of de-facto processes of urbanization and encourages new and creative thinking to challenge them through the active transformation of urban space.
Architecture: Dalia Milián Bernal
Environmental Policy: Elina Alatalo, Mikko Kyrönviita, Veera Turku
Image: Mikko Kyrönviita