Extending the Life of Leftover Spaces

Hella Hernberg of UDM is pursuing her doctoral studies at Aalto University, Department of Design, since fall 2016. Her research project, titled “Extending the Life of Leftover Spaces – Sustainable and adaptive reuse of built environment through participatory design and pioneer-driven practices”, discusses the potentials of participatory design and self-organised practices in the process of redevelopment and reuse of vacant real estates and spaces, within the context of sustainable urban development.

The methodological approach draws on Research through Design and qualitative research. Selected projects carried out through UDM are studied as cases in the research.

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The research is funded partly by Kone Foundation and partly by Aalto University.

  • Project type: Doctoral research
  • University: Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design
  • Timeline: Fall 2016- (ongoing)
  • Funding: Kone Foundation and Aalto University