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The Low2No project is designed to help transition our cities to a low carbon future. We aim to balance economy, ecology and society through strategic investments and interventions in the built environment.

07-10. Week in Review

basecamp is blowing up
basecamp is blowing up

The last three weeks have had a pace that is at times blistering and occasionally seemingly at a stand still. This is, I think a product of this phase of the project where teams are working out specific issues in focused, small teams. Arup has been tackling structural and ventilation issues while Sauerbruch Hutton has been finalizing detail design of the apartments, service areas and Sitra's new HQ. Experientia continues to push forward our demand management systems and low carbon retail and service offerings.

Communication between teams (both client and design) continues to be a challenge. This is partially due to the technical nature of the work at this stage as well as the diaspora that is the project team, but there are many other factors as well. To improve communication and mitigate the impact of miscommunication, we have initiated a co-location scheme where representatives from each firm will work together in Helsinki 2-3 days each week. This is bad news for our carbon footprint, but good news for our aggressive project schedule and ambitious scope. The days in Helsinki will mostly be spent in focused working sessions, but each week will conclude with an all-team meeting chaired by Marco, with an exciting output for those of us working abroad: meeting minutes! It seems likely that we will realize progress on the project's most complicated challenges much more quickly and effectively over the coming weeks. Hopefully I will be able to post more fresh content from the project to this blog as well. 

Marco, using our geotechnical report to point out the block's position over one of the original granite islands of Jätkäsaari
Marco, using our geotechnical report to point out the block's position over one of the original granite islands of Jätkäsaari

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, work has commenced on site. And the results are in! Well, geotechnical results anyway. But exciting nonetheless. Our assumptions about our site's location over one of Jätkäsaari's original granite islands were correct. This will translate into a smaller foundation (read lower embodied carbon) and an interesting condition for our geothermal pre-heating/cooling system. But more on that later.

Also, exciting news! Low2No.org will be refreshed soon. Finally we will be moving on from the site's current competition focus to one that covers not only the city block in Jätkäsaari, but also the continued development of Low2No as an idea about how to transition our cities to a low carbon future. We hope to have more rich content streams, both visual and textual, as well as guest authors writing on related issues. Stay tuned. 

March 16th, 2011

Posted by: Justin W. Cook

Category: Weeknotes