Interested in how people and built structures interact, create and sustain culture. Currently, working in practice.
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Ilkka Törmä is interested in how people, built structures, cities, and landscapes interact, create and sustain culture. His recent research project investigated how urban heritage emerges from organized gatherings, especially the social dynamic of music and dance, and how it contributes to the revitalization of deteriorated public space. Currently, Ilkka works in a design practice on masterplanning and architectural concept design.
Adaptability and resilience are recognized as essential elements of urban sustainability, yet they remain elusive as propositions supported by empirical research. In the research presented here the affordance of change and continuity - here termed changeability - is investigated through a comparative historical study of two suburban centres in Lond...
The paper portrays the Plazuela de la Campana, a historical small square in the Port of Veracruz, Mexico that fell into ill-use and was revived with a strategy of music and dance events. The case demonstrates how music and dance became a new tradition that nurtures a collective attachment to the Plazuela and contributes to it being regarded as heri...
[Chapter's abstract] Observational methods have the potential to illustrate the ways that people occupy and appropriate historic urban places. These observations can be recorded and mapped to reveal the everyday rhythms of these places. They can document patterns of urban life that are seldom considered in the conservation of historic public space...
Senate Square in Helsinki is a monument of tsarist Finland. The Kansalaistori square that was finished two years ago, then, has become a monumental square for the era of Finnish independence, with the Parliament House on one side, paired with the Central Library on the other. At the same time, a rare continuum that combines public authority with cu...
The paper portrays La Plazuela de la Campana, a historical square that fell into ill-use and was revived with a strategy of music and dance. The case demonstrates how they became a new tradition that nurtures collective attachment to the place and contributes to it being regarded as heritage. The privately initiated revitalization borrows potency f...
Infra-ordinario es un estudio urbano de la plazuela de la Campana, un espacio público en el centro histórico de Veracruz, México. El término "infra-ordinario" se refiere a acontecimientos diarios, acciones y hábitos que son anodinos y pasan casi inadvertidos, como caminar, descansar y recrearse en la plazuela. Este estudio muestra la manera en que...
This paper builds on the proposition by Penn and colleagues (2009) that cities provide a structured set of social, cultural and economic relations which help to shape patterns of diversity in urban areas. Far from being a random mixing, it could be said that urban systems are akin to ecological systems where flora and fauna are closely interrelated...
The paper re-examines the uncomplicated initial postulates of flexibility. Extending them diversifies the field of the application of flexibility. Fundamentally one can change one’s environment not only through modification but also by changing one’s location. Therefore, flexible environment is both adaptable as well as diverse, accessible and netw...
How do people form urban traditions and memories of historical public spaces? How can traditions be invented? How place attachment can both sustain the character of a place and initiate a process of regeneration? What can observations of urban life tell of urban heritage? A Mexican case from the port city of Veracruz. An article for the "Urban renewal and resilience" conference by European Association for Urban History, 2018.