WiT LAB is a platform for interdisciplinary research focusing on resilient communities and humanitarian architecture. Ongoing research projects focus on cultural and issues concerning architectural design, disaster prevention, challenges of migration and relocation of poor communities.
Links to resent publications of the research group can be found below.


Interplay of Cultures Studio: Sámi. Contemplating Northern Indigenous Cultures in Present Global Challenges

Author(s): Larsson, Nathanael (ed.); Dalheimer, Franziska; del Marmol, Gaspard; Diémé, Kathleen; Excell, Astria; Hollmén, Saija; Hwang, Jinook; Jänkälä, Matti; Kaarlamo, Valtteri; Krohn, Akileia; Grayston, Maria Luice; Lecerf, Louise; Li, Xinyan; Lähdesmäki, Ida; Minkkinen, Petra; Mäkinen, Raisa; Nieminen, Sirena; Niskanen, Taru; Olaortua, Patricia; Pitkänen, Meeri; Romero, Katherine; Savela, Emma; Suomi, Maiju; Schineis, Moritz; Uusi-Kilponen, Iiris

Date: 2021


“Now the Baobab Shines!”  – Cultural Locality Interfacing with Interdisciplinary Pedagogies in Architectural Education

Author: Saija Hollmén

Date: 2020


Sustainability language in operation of different built environment settings – perceptions, actions and motivations

Author: Anahita Rashidfarokhi

Date: 2019


ASANTE ZANZIBAR: Interplay of Cultures Studio 2019, Master’s level course in Architecture

Editor: Korbinian Schütze

Date: 2019


Interplay of Cultures : 25 years of education in global sustainability and humanitarian development at Aalto University

Editor:Saija Hollmén

Date:  2018

In recent decades, many Western architectural schools have taken up the challenge to tackle global polarities and humanitarian crises. Educational programs raising awareness of the “south – north”, “developing – developed”, “poor – rich” dichotomies are all asking the same question: What is the role of architecture in the globalizing world?


The Other Side : Interplay of cultures Zanzibar Studio 2018, Master’s level course in Architecture

Editor: Emmi Lonkka
Alnimri, Hannin ; Bergene, Andreas Juul ; Čerpnjak, Tina ; Dwiyani, Talisa ; Esquivel Velázquez, Andrea ; Hollmén, Saija ; Kleinbergs, Kristaps ; Lige, Keiti ; Lonka, Emmi ; Navarrete Suárez, Fernando ; Niskanen, Taru ; Niubò Bermejo, Anna ; Sandman, Helena ; Soares, Francisco Correia Mascarenhas ; Suomela, Miia ; Väisänen, Rosa

Date:  2018

How does the potential rise of the sea level affect a small island like Zanzibar? How can a city become more resilient against seasonal flooding through architectural solutions? What is the vital power of shade in an equator climate? How to sustainably prepare for future densifying urban areas and accelerating population growth through planning and regulating?


Carbon footprinting in humanitarian construction

Author:  Kuittinen, Matti

Date:  2016


Cities in Transition 2016 – Studying Public Life in the Philippines

Author:  Nieto-Linares, Antuané; Niskanen, Taru; Nyholm, Charlotte; Nylund, Lotta

Date:  2016


Architecture meets sanitation – Intervening in community-led sanitation improvemnts in an informal settlement of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Author: Floret, Zita

Date:  2015


Resiliency and reconstruction – Three case studies on recovering from a natural disaster

Author:  Lindberg, Milja

Date:  2014


 World in Transition – A Strategy for Multidisciplinary Pedagogy in Different Cultural Environments

Authors:  Hollmén, Saija; Laurila, Tiina; Muhonen, Matleena

Date:  2014


Kigali Master Class with Peter Rich

Author: Pääkkönen, Jere (ed.)

Date:  2014


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