Building takes place increasingly within existing urban structures. This fact highlights the ability of built environment to adapt itself to future transformations.

The rising requirements for material efficiency and circularity emphasize the resource aspect. From the standpoint of architecture and its human centricity, built environment should be understood as a socio-cultural resource as well. These hard and soft factors are now setting the standards to our cities and their design and planning.

For specifying our umbrella theme, three sub-themes have been introduced:

Circular and bio-economy in urban development

  • Timber building
  • Renovation

Resilience and adaptability of cities

  • Cities as innovation environments
  • Small towns and middle-sized cities

Human centered architecture theory

  • Organic design and planning theories
  • Alvar Aalto’s design approach