2020 CEESA Conference


As part of the Conference program participants have the opportunity to join one of the excursions on Friday afternoon (14:50-16:00).

The additional cost is $10 for a one-day travel pass, which will be added to your Conference invoice. 

To sign up please mark the relevant question in the participant registration form.

Helsinki Central Library Oodi is an inspiring and highly functional addition to Helsinki’s urban life. The building opens directly to the surrounding cityscape, and the architecture feeds curiosity that draws people inside. Oodi is situated on Citizen’s Square, which seamlessly transitions to the entrance canopy and into the building. Oodi has 10 000m2 of public space and is open 90 hours per week. Oodi’s multifunctional venues serve as a platform for public activity. The main hall for example has been used as a conference room, stage, dance hall, dining room, and even housed a 100 m2 story time tent for children. This same flexibility applies to the entire building. The lounging steps on the second floor have been a stage for performances. The first floor lobby has been a radio station. On the third floor, the reading area has once morphed into a kids’ workshop, and the terraced steps have become a stage for cello recitals. Individuals and organizations can arrange events, public debates or performances.

The vision of the International School of Helsinki is: We empower and inspire one another to take thoughtful action. ISH values each student’s unique qualities and talents, developing the whole person through individualized learning.

Come and see what makes the Finnish education system one of the best in the world.

Jätkäsaari School was constructed based on a winning competition entry “Nemo” by Erkko Aarti, Arto Ollila and Mikki Ristola from AOR Architects. The block-like rectangular volume of the Jätkäsaari School sets it apart from contemporary Finnish school design and represents its latest evolution. The compact three-stories high mass responds to the dense urban structure that surrounds it. Building’s distinctive appearance is highlighted by the relief pattern on the facades which is created with innovative use of a few different small rectangular concrete elements, some of which function as windows. Jätkäsaari school operates in a flexible, communal and reactive manner. Pedagogical emphasis is on learning instead of teaching, and architecture supports this goal.

The central lobby, lit by sculptural skylights, with large auditorium stairs and a stage, forms the heart of the building. Learning spaces surround the lobby on three floors. Due to its compact, rectangular plan, the spatial organization of the building is easy to comprehend as well as efficient minimizing the need for corridors. Open and transparent interiors and balconies that surround the lobby enhance interaction and co-operation between pupils and are meant to encourage individual learning as well as making things together.

The schoolyard is designed by Näkymä Landscape Architects. The world map and the vegetation zones inspired the design choices.

This visit takes you to Arkki, School of Architecture for Children and Youth. You will see a pupils’ exhibition, the maker spaces, and engage in a creative hands-on 3D activity.

Arkki is a unique institution providing architecture education to children between ages 4 to 19 as an after-school program. Arkki’s awarded program is certified by The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Arkki provides creative education using architecture & design as holistic real-world phenomena to integrate STEAM subjects. Arkki empowers pupils with innovation skills through hands-on learning made fun and rewarding. Through project work, pupils learn design thinking, critical thinking and complex problem-solving.

Arkki program enhances the essential higher-order thinking skills needed for the future world of work. Arkki´s exceptional pedagogical concepts inspire children to learn playfully through cross-curricular, phenomenon-based and hands-on 3D experimentation projects. Play, Create, Succeed is Arkki’s motto. 

Arkki’s creative education gives children new capacities, means and mediums to influence the creation of our future environment, no matter what their occupation will be. The program has been developed by Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth in Finland for 26 years and can be licensed through Arkki International.