Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi) is a project which examines urban transformation from the perspective of the city organization. The project focuses on district-level development projects, which call for the involvement of public bodies, businesses, residents, and the non-profit sector.  The project has received funding from the Finnish innovation funding agency, Tekes, under the European Union’s Regional Development Fund.

The research project’s central questions concern:

The ways residents perceive and use their living spaces and environments.

Supporting fruitful and active dialogue between residents of the areas and the various actors contributing to its development.

Identifying the new roles the various actors can take on in this development.

Finding means of better realizing the potential of an area’s potential and addressing the housing preferences of residents to support and improve the development, and identifying how this is best realized for both current and prospective, future residents.

Researchers from the University of Turku and the University of Tampere seek to answer these questions through a study of the development of two specific residential areas in the respective cities, Tesoma in Tampere and Linnanfält in Turku.

The project also includes the participation of the two city organizations as well as housing developers and architects, bringing together the public and private sector groups in interaction with the areas’ residents in the development of new models for co-operation in urban development.

This project, Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi), continues the work of Alliance members in the field of city planning and urban developmnet, forming a  thematic connection to the Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI) project where the WALCC, together with the University of Tampere and Aalto University, studied participatory city planning.

Field work for the ReCiDi project conducted by researchers from the two universities, among residents of the Tesoma area of Tampere and the Castle Town area of Turku, has identified shared social and cultural heritage as a key aspect of forming collective visions among communities. The ReCiDi project aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Cleantech – a key to the Eastern Uusimaa region's success

Located in the south of Finland, roughly 50 km east of Helsinki, the Eastern Uusimaa region is home to the towns of Porvoo and Loviisa. Porvoo is Finland’s second oldest town and home to 48 700 inhabitants and Loviisa is home to 15 500 residents, together the towns form the thriving center of the eastern Uusimaa province’s economy. The area is home to robust electrotechnical and petrochemical industries, including companies such as the Ensto Group, Schneider Electric, Neste Oil, and Borealis Polymers.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Development (SASUI)

The world’s cities account for half of the world’s population, consumer 75 % of our energy resources, and emit 80 % of the world’s carbon emissions. As such, city organizations play an integral role in catalyzing low-carbon innovation processes to combat the challenges of climate change. The SASUI project aims to identify the factors key to enabling successful innovation in urban environments. Sustainable urban innovation is at the core of the action program to reduce carbon emissions.

Download the program's final report here.


Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.