History of the Program


Combining influences from typomorphological approach of Aldo Rossi and conceptual urbanism of Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, the program was established by Jan Verwijnen in early 2000s. In 2005, Panu Lehtovuori took the responsibility to run the program and develop the curriculum. The program was characterized by an intense interest in everyday life, its spatial context and new conceptualizations of space as a process, linking architecture to philosophy, urban history, critical economic theory, cultural studies and knowledge of new planning tools. The driving idea was to re-ground architecture and urbanism, so that projects – defined as “urban interventions” – would grow from contemporary urban phenomena. From 2012, the program is led by Dr. Maros Krivy.