City as Space of Rules and Dreaming

  • Loukola, Maiju (Principal investigator)
  • Hirvola, Aino (Project Member)
  • Tiekso, Tanja (Project Member)
  • Tiensuu, Paul (Project Member)

Project Details


City as space of rules and dreaming promotes emancipation and democratisation in urban space by cross-examination through artistic research, empirical urban research, political theory and legal theory. The study strengthens polyphony of urban space and thereby develops a more just city. It asks the following questions: How is urban space formed and shared, and who has access to it? What normative and de facto instruments regulate, control and inhabit this space? What kinds of processes, structures and spaces of inclusion and marginalisation, as well as disagreement and controversy are there in the city? What kind of fractures, escape lines and dreams are hidden in the normativity of urban space? What kinds of spaces of shadow, noise, potentialities and dreams are there and how do they actualise?

The study reaches beyond established art-science boundaries by bringing new and more inclusive means of “soft law” to urban decision-making and inviting different neighborhoods to dream of their own dwelling-regions through imaginary urban archaeology and fictionalising democracy combining different artistic mediums.
Effective start/end date01/01/202131/12/2024

Collaborative partners

  • Aalto University
  • Kone Oyj
  • Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki (lead)
  • University of the Arts Helsinki


  • emansipaatio
  • demokratisoituminen
  • kaupunkitila
  • normit


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