Sanna Lehtinen

Sanna Lehtinen
Aalto University · Department of Art and Media

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
PhD, Docent in Aesthetics

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Introduction
Research Fellow at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture * PhD 2015 (Aesthetics, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki) * Codirector of the Philosophy of the City Research Group * Main areas of interest: urban aesthetics, environmental aesthetics, philosophy of the city, everyday aesthetics
Additional affiliations
August 2021 - present
University of Helsinki
Position
  • Docent in Aesthetics
Description
  • 1 Master's level course annually, supervision of 4 doctoral students
June 2016 - May 2020
University of Helsinki
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science HELSUS (Faculty of Arts) in 2018–20
May 2015 - July 2020
Aalto University
Position
  • Adjunct Lecturer
Description
  • Yearly teaching: 1 Bachelor level course, 2 Master's level Courses, 1 Doctoral course
Education
January 2009 - December 2015
University of Helsinki
Field of study
  • Aesthetics
September 2000 - March 2007
University of Helsinki
Field of study
  • Aesthetics

Publications

Publications (45)
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This study examines the complex relation between spatial experience and aesthetic experience. It is argued that spatial experience specifically in the context of everyday spaces makes it possible to experience them aesthetically as well. A wide selection of research ranging from environmental and philosophical aesthetics to architectural theory, ps...
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Understanding better the effects of the use of mobile apps to the use and appreciation of urban environments has been gaining more prominence as a research topic recently due to the increasing everyday use of these apps. Whether this type of digital mediation changes the lived experience is of interest in this article. The intention is to show that...
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This Special Volume is dedicated to an increasingly central direction in contemporary philosophical aesthetics that has also been gaining interest in the dynamically developing multidisciplinary field of the philosophy of the city. In addition to these theoretical approaches, more applied and practical fields that deal directly with how our cities...
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Technology in one form or another has always been a part of urban life. Its development and uses have traditionally been dictated by the practical needs of the community. However, technologies also impact how a city looks and feels. Some technologies have a clear perceivable presence, whereas others are more invisibly embedded into the material str...
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The pervasiveness of technology has changed the way urban everyday is structured and experienced. An understanding of the deep impact of this development on everyday experience and its foundational aesthetic components is necessary in order to determine how skills and capacities can be improved in coping with such change, as well as managing it. Ur...
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Intergenerational aesthetics centers on the study of aesthetic values and aesthetic choices taking into account the aesthetic appreciation of future generations. Acknowledging a temporal dependency between the present and the future in aesthetics offers a new perspective to explore aesthetic values, perception, and judgments as well as practical ae...
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Sustainability transformations call forth new forms and systems of knowledge across society. However, few tools and processes exist for promoting dialogue among different interests and normative stances in knowledge co-creation. In this article, we build on the notion of thought collectives to argue that understanding and moderating normative tensi...
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This introduction presents the main motivations behind the special issue on Everyday Aesthetics: European Perspectives. The idea has been to invite authors to reflect how European and Europe-inspired thinking has affected and developed further the field of Everyday Aesthetics. The articles of the special issue are presented through their main theme...
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Mitä luonnossa pidetään kauniina, rumana, esteettisesti arvokkaana tai kiinnostavana on keskeisesti kytköksissä siihen, mitä pidetään luontona ja millaiseksi suhde siihen koetaan. Tässä artikkelissa käyn läpi ihmisen aiheut- taman negatiivisen ympäristömuutoksen vaikutusta ympäristön esteettiseen arvottamiseen ja pohdin, miten luonnonympäristöihin...
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The scope and range of human aesthetic preferences have been discussed recently from the perspective of their role in advancing sustainability in contemporary societies. Philosophical and applied studies in environmental and everyday aesthetics seem to support the idea that knowledge and awareness cause changes in aesthetic values. Aesthetic sustai...
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The whole book available open access: https://romatrepress.uniroma3.it/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/ever-gyky.pdf /// ABSTRACT /// Cities are usually formed over long periods of time. The subjective experience of time on the scale of a human individual comes together with the longer lifespan of human made constructions in contemporary cities. Inter...
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This article introduces the philosophical sub-specialty of intergenerational aesthetics, which centers in the study of aesthetic values and aesthetic choices taking into account the aesthetic appreciation of future generations. Acknowledging a temporal dependency between the present and the future in aesthetics offers a new perspective to explore a...
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Urban environments globally are changing due to rapid new urban development and both short- and long-term technological and environmental change. Experiential accounts and further study of the effects of this change in the built environment are thus urgently needed. Philosophical and applied urban aesthetics is well equipped to contribute in updati...
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The conference will take place fully online on May 17, 2021, UTC 00:00–23:59. While only the most dedicated might be willing to join us for 24 hours, we hope that everybody will have a chance to participate in the event for a while in accordance with your local time zone. In addition, we would like to facilitate collaboration in our global communit...
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New and complex technologies are exceedingly present and in widespread use in contemporary cities globally. The urban lifeworld is saturated with various applications of information and computing technologies, but also more rudimentary forms of technology construct and create the urban everyday life as we know it. Many forms of urban technologies a...
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In recent years, the philosophical interest in urban issues has developed into a vibrant interdisciplinary field of its own. The development is linked to the obvious consequences of the broad global phenomenon of urbanization but also due to the increasing interest in practical and multidisciplinary approaches within different branches of philosoph...
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Uudenmaan kehitystä ohjaava Uusimaa-kaava tavoittelee kestävään liikkumiseen perustuvaa liikennejärjestelmää, jossa erilaiset kestävät ja älykkäät liikkumisratkaisut lomittuvat osaksi sujuvaa arkea. Yleisesti ajatellaan, että älyliikenteen keskeisimpiä tavoitteita on luoda liikkumiseen enemmän sujuvuutta ja turvallisuutta automaation, teknologioide...
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Uudenmaan kehitystä ohjaava Uusimaa-kaava tavoittelee kestävään liikkumiseen perustuvaa liikennejärjestelmää, jossa erilaiset kestävät ja älykkäät liikkumisratkaisut lomittuvat osaksi sujuvaa arkea. Yleisesti ajatellaan, että älyliikenteen keskeisimpiä tavoitteita on luoda liikkumiseen enemmän sujuvuutta ja turvallisuutta automaation, teknologioide...
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In recent discussions on contemporary architecture, two strands of thinking have become increasingly central. On one hand, the urgency of demands for sustainability and, on the other hand, the fast pace of technological development which is affecting the sphere of architecture with growing intensity. Neither of the ideologies behind these phenomena...
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The experienced quality of urban environments has not traditionally been at the forefront of understanding how cities evolve through time. Within the humanistic tradition, the temporal dimension of cities has been dealt with through tracing urban or architectural histories or interpreting science-fiction scenarios, for example. However, attempts at...
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Everyday life has been long analysed in the humanities and so has been the urban space. Even if these two strands of research have repeatedly overlapped, focusing on everyday life in the city seems to require much more than their collaboration. Philosophy together with its potential to ask fundamental questions concerning aesthetics, environment,...
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The omnipresence of technology in cities has had an undeniable effect on the urban everyday experience. This experience is increasingly structured by technological objects or constellations of converged technologies. Activities in a city affect how and what technologies are developed but these new and emerging technologies also have an inevitable e...
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The goal of this article is to deepen the concept of emerging urban mobility technology. Drawing on philosophical everyday and urban aesthetics, as well as the postphenomenological strand in the philosophy of technology, we explicate the relation between everyday aesthetic experience and urban mobility commoning. Thus, we shed light on the central...
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Next summer, the international Philosophy of the City Research Group (PotC) joins forces with the International Institute of Applied Aesthetics (IIAA) of the University of Helsinki (FI) in organizing the 2nd PotC Summer Colloquium with the theme of “Urban Aesthetics”. The aim of the annual Summer Colloquia series is to bring together scholars withi...
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During the past few decades, everyday aesthetics has established itself as a new branch of philosophical aesthetics alongside the more traditional philosophy of art. The Paths from Philosophy of Art to Everyday Aesthetics explores the intimate relations between these two branches of contemporary aesthetics. The essays collected in this volume discu...
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The role and function of public art is currently undergoing some large-scale changes. Many new artworks which are situated within the already existing urban sphere, seem to be changing the definition of public art, each in their own way. Simultaneously, there exists a trend that endorses more traditional forms of public art. Juxtaposing and compari...
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Amerikkalainen ympäristöfilosofi ja ilmastoasiantuntija professori Andrew Light vieraili Suomessa heinäkuussa. Light oli yksi neljästä pääpuhujasta estetiikan alan kansainvälisen kattojärjestön IAA:n välikonferenssissa Aalto-yliopistossa Espoon Otaniemessä. Light tunnetaan akateemisen tutkimuksen ja ilmastonmuutospolitiikan yhdistäjänä sekä osallis...
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The pervasiveness of technology has undeniably changed the way the urban everyday is structured and experienced. The experiential sphere consists increasingly of objects and activities that combine advances in technology and design in complex ways. Understanding the deep impact of this development on the everyday experience and its aesthetic elemen...
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Kirjoitus Objekti 4 -ympäristötaidenäyttelyn (14.6.–2.9. Espoon keskus) teoksista ja teemoista Kulttuurilehti Mustekalassa (mustekala.info)
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http://reviews.ophen.org/2018/05/10/bruce-b-janz-ed-place-space-and-hermeneutics/
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Invited talk at Vitenskapsteoretisk Forum (Vitforum), NTNU Trondheim, 17th April 6pm
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Aesthetic sustainability can be considered in the context of natural, urban, as well as different types of hybrid environments. It is linked to ecological and cultural sustainability but having its origin in philosophical aesthetics, its focus is on the experiential factors that necessarily mold our relations to phenomena within our surroundings. W...
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Amerikkalainen ympäristöfilosofi ja ilmastoasiantuntija professori Andrew Light vieraili Suomessa heinäkuussa. Light oli yksi neljästä pääpuhujasta estetiikan alan kansainvälisen kattojärjestön IAA:n välikonferenssissa Aalto-yliopistossa Espoon Otaniemessä. Light tunnetaan akateemisen tutkimuksen ja ilmastonmuutospolitiikan yhdistäjänä sekä osallis...
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Merkitseekö luonnon arvottaminen kauneuden käsittein siitä etääntymistä vai päästäänkö estetiikan kautta pureutumaan ihmisen ympäristösuhteen ytimeen? Ihmisen vaikutus ympäristöönsä on vääjäämätön. Ihmisen ja luonnon suhteen pohtiminen on polttavan ajankohtaista kuudennen sukupuuttoaallon ja ilmastonmuutoksen kaltaisten ilmiöiden tullessa vihdoin o...
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The ongoing and accelerating process of rapid urbanisation defines how everyday environments are formed and understood in the future. As the density of the urban tissue on the planet is on the increase, also the experiential qualities of urban environments are evolving and diversifying at the same time. Understanding the profound effects of these p...
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Forests have traditionally been crucial to Finnish identity. In this time of eco-crises and increasing population densities, the significance of nature is an ever more important topic. Even though it does not seem very contemporary to talk about national identities anymore in the globalized world, in a small country such as Finland, this kind of na...
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Kaupunkeja, elämää ja estetiikkaa Anne-Mari Forss ja Tarja Rannisto (toim.): Kaupunkien estetiikkaa, UPEF University Press of Eastern Finland, 2013 (194 s.) Kaupunkitutkimuksen merkitys on entisestään korostunut kasvavan ihmispopulaation ja kaupun-gistumiskehityksen myötä. Kaupunkien estetiikkaa-kirjoituskokoelma esittelee ympäristöestetiikan suhte...

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My aim is to explore the meaning and significance of aesthetic sensibility in the contemporary situation of global environmental emergency.
Archived project
UrAMo aims to produce a transformative understanding on the important relationship between aesthetics and mobility by bringing together philosophers, planning theorists, spatial planners, architects, and environmental psychologists working within the field of urban planning. This is a joint research project of University of Helsinki and Aalto University, done in collaboration with the city of Lahti.