Rethinking Design Competitions to Promote Urban Development - A Comparative Analysis - A case study of contemporary international design competitions in Finland and China

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Liang, Zheng
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-11T10:01:31Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-11T10:01:31Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-6964-7 (electronic)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-6965-4 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4942 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934 (ISSN-L)
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/23476
dc.description.abstract International design competitions have a long history with demonstrated importance to our urban environment. In the current era of globalization, it is of greater importance to understand better how international design competitions evolve, how various stakeholders are engaged in a coordinated fashion, and how the resulting knowledge is elevated, transformed and applied in a global perspective.  Rooted on four case studies and one action research study, the dissertation aims to analyze how the international design competitions facilitate the transfer of design knowledge between various professional groups, especially between established designers and young practitioners. The study starts with a systematic comparative analysis of interna-tional design competitions: case 1 and case 2 from Finland and China, respectively. The particular focus is on illustrating/conceptualizing the knowledge flow of design competitions and thus identifying the key factors governing the knowledge flow process. Therefore, the concepts of 'trading zone' (TZ) and 'boundary object' (BO) are employed to reveal how the expertise is integrated with respect to different local infra-structures.  The case 3 and case 4 extend the study to elaborate the knowledge transfer process among multidisciplinary groups. The role of an international design competition as a 'designed trading zone' is found in-creasingly important in our urban environment and it undoubtedly improves the exchange of knowledge on sustainable urban development. However, the knowledge flow interacts intensively with local coordination in terms of system, institution and professions. In this regard, the TZ and BO analysis was carried out to reveal, analyze and compare how this local coordination varies between Finland and China.  The comparative analysis and summary of the findings provide insights for rethinking the potential roles of design competitions in facilitating design knowledge flow. The action research is introduced at this phase for examining the acquired findings from the previous case studies. As a conclusion, the 'designed trading zone' with enriched and balanced inter-language is critical to facilitate the knowledge flow of internation-al design competitions. en
dc.format.extent 170
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 162/2016
dc.subject.other Design en
dc.subject.other Regional planning en
dc.title Rethinking Design Competitions to Promote Urban Development - A Comparative Analysis - A case study of contemporary international design competitions in Finland and China en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.contributor.school Insinööritieteiden korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Engineering en
dc.contributor.department Rakennetun ympäristön laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Built Environment en
dc.subject.keyword Design competitions en
dc.subject.keyword trading zone en
dc.subject.keyword boundary object en
dc.subject.keyword design knowledge en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-6964-7
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Mäntysalo, Raine, Prof., Aalto University, Department of Built Environment, Finland
dc.opn Rönn, Magnus, Prof., KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
dc.contributor.lab Spatial Planning (YTK) en
dc.rev Madanipour, Ali, Prof., Newcastle University, UK
dc.rev Fedeli, Valeria, Prof., Politecnico di Milano, Italy
dc.date.defence 2016-11-11


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