05 Cluster

Urban metaMorphology Lab °°° Tampere

Exploring social media data to map the invisible image of the city.

5 > 16 June 2017

Tampere Univ. of Technology - Finalnd

Open to intl. students and professionals

5 ECTS - Participation fee - free of charge

This workshop uses location-based social media data to unveil, map and study the metaMorphology of the city. Participants will use large datasets from Instagram, Twitter and Airbnb to find meta-trends to map activity patterns using geographic information software and image analysis. Nine speakers will enrich the seminar series and six hands-on workshops will present the techniques used by the research industry to study the interactions between people and the city. The Lab will explore the relations between urban amenities and the image of place to gain a new understanding the qualitative aspects of social practices and the narrative of urban spaces.

Linked to ongoing research projects and international collaborations, Tampere University of Technology organizes this international summer school to present advanced social media analysis, cutting edge visual representation of GIS data and crash intro into Lev Manovich cultural analytics applied to place making.

The Lab is open to architects, urbanists, geographers, data scientist, sociologists and digital anthropologists. Students and specialists from other disciplines are welcome to apply.

Welcome to the public presentation


Lecture hall at the School of Architecture, Tampere University of Technology | FINLAND

Korkeakoulunkatu 5, Rakennustalo, 33101 Tampere, Finland

09:30 | metaMorphology Lab

Flash presentations of each team project.

10:15 | Designing public space for 40 Russian cities

Public talk by Tatiana Mukhina, Strelka Architects, Russia

11:30 | Discussion

Coffee will be provided

12:00 | Newcastle: Star model in analysing public space

Public talk by Georgina Varna, GURU, UK.

12:45 | Tallinn City Centre study and pedestrian simulation

Renee Puusepp, EKA,

13:00 | Lunch
14:00 | metaMorphology Lab outreach

Extended presentations

17:00 | Social event

Tatiana Mukhina

Georgiana Varna

Renee Puusepp

Digital anthropology workshop

Data visualisation tutorials

Activity patterns analysis workshop

Spatial relations analysis workshop

Street network analysis workshop

Image montage workshop

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Open to all local and international students or post graduates. In limited number we also accept professionals.

Field of study

The workshop is focused on urbanism, social sciences, media and computer science but it is open to all.

Minimum requirements

None required. Team will be balanced based on your personal skill set but you should be having a steep leaning curve for new methods


Teams will work together using multiple techniques and media to reveal the invisible image of the city. Together, we will dig deep into social media data to produce maps, images montages and write the hidden story of the invisible form of the city.

Click on the images to see previous projects related to the Urban metaMorphology Lab


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Urban metaMorphology Lab in St. Petersburg


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Russian monotowns project



A short list of the main datasets available for the workshop


Instagram data is the pulse of the city. When pictures are mapped in GIS using geographic coordinates and date/time they reveal the activeness and attractiveness of one place. When pictures are viewed and tagged with our dedicated software, they give an inside perspective of the users experience of space. Combining these aspects – quantitative and qualitative – will be the key to reveal the sense of place of indoor and outdoor space in Helsinki city region.


Tweets can be used to pin point the presence of one user in the city when they share contents between users, creating a complex network or meta-relations between different people in a local, regional or global scale. In this workshop we will use Tweets shared in southern Finland to explore the potentials of social media data to reveal the social network that entangle different users between cities and map how many invisible relations entangle different cities.


The data will give an insight on how shared economies impact on Helsinki. Most importantly it will give us a reference point to study if there are particular locations that are more favourable for Airbnb listing and study their qualities. Also we will learn more about Airbnb listings location choice and housing types to detect what are the trends, patterns and the hypes.


Participants will also receive a set of preloaded GIS layers for the city of Helsinki such as the full GIS map of the city , urban accessibility datasets, census data, and real estate data. No GIS skills are required to join the workshop but it is advised to go through the basics of QGis. Click here to see a basic introduction to the software.


The detailed program is shared with participants only

Day 1

5 June

9:30 | MetaMorphology. Studying the invisible forms of the city

Damiano Cerrone - SPIN Unit / TUT

10:15 | Temporary urbanism

Prof. Panu Lehtovuori - TUT / SPIN Unit

11:30 | Digital anthropology and 38 Russian FIFA ‘18 cities

Darya Radchenko - deputy head of the Center for Urban Anthropology, KB Strelka

14:00 | Program continues with workshops and team work

Day 2

6 June

9:30 | Social media data analysis in urban planning

Jesús López Baeza - SPIN Unit/University of Alicante

10:15 | Urban Informatics – Towards digital understanding and experience on cities

Prof. Harry Edelman - TUT

11:30 | Metapolis. Space Syntax and beyond

Prof. Anssi Joutsiniemi - Aalto University

14:00 | Program continues with workshops and team work

Day 3

7 June

10:30 | Applied urban research

Dr. Sampo Ruoppila - Director of Turku Urban Research Program/University of Turku

11:15 | Urban emotions: extended or shared?

Dr. Michiru Nagatsu - Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences / SPIN Unit

12:00 | Narratives that form the city

Dr. Lieven Ameel - Lecturer of comparative literature at the University of Tampere

14:00 | Program continues with workshops and team work

Day 4 > 11

Lab continues with team work and tailored workshops and tutorials

Day 6 > 7

10-11 June

Optional excursions

Day 16

16 June

10:00 | Brief public presentation

Team present the results of their project to the public

10:30 | Public lecture

Strelka KB architects from Moscow - The use of social media data in urban planing and architecture design.

11:45 | Round table and open discussion

A public conversation to better understand the role and potentials of social media data in urban and transportation planning - invited guests and representatives will join the round table.

13:30 | metaMorphology Lal final presentation

Teams will present their projects



Damiano Cerrone

Co-director and faculty

metaMorphology. Studying the invisible forms of the city

Damiano Cerrone is co-founder and content manager at SPIN Unit, a transnational urban research group combining art and science to find new and creative approaches to urban studies and advanced data solutions. Damiano is also Project researcher at Tampere University of Technology and principal researcher at TERREFORM New York. He received the Young Scholar award at the ESRI UC in San Diego and the second prize for the world Most unique map of the year. Cerrone introduced with SPIN Unit the conceptual framework for Urban metaMorphology, to develop a new research enquiry on the invisible forms of the city using geolocated social media data.

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Prof. Panu Lehtovuori

Lab co-director and faculty

Temporary urbanism

Panu Lehtovuori is the Professor of Planning Theory at the Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture. Before the current position, he was the Professor of Urban Studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Faculty of Architecture (2005-2008 in charge, 2008-2012 full professor). Lehtovuori and his team have received several prizes, purchases, and mentions in architectural and planning competitions. He is a member of the editorial board of The Finnish Journal of Urban Studies and the Finnish Architectural Review. He is also authored the new, thoroughly updated edition of Key Concepts in Urban Studies, an international academic bestseller since 2005.

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Jesús López Baeza

Workshop instructor and faculty

Social media data analysis in urban planning

Jesús López Baeza is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture at the University of Alicante. He collaborates with the department of Building Science and Urban Planning and carries out his research in the Building Design and Regional Planning Unit. As a member of SPIN Unit, he focuses on the study of urban phenomena using location-based social media data and GIS open data. Part of his work encompasses social cohesion, activities and livability of urban spaces, and citizen preferences in urban public spaces, among other dynamics. He combines his research with architectural design practice specialising in advanced spatial analysis.


Prof. Anssi Joutsiniemi

Invited lecturer

Metapolis. Space Syntax and beyond

Anssi Joutsiniemi is Adjunct Professor at the Aalto University. His research interests are centered on issues of complex system approaches in urban planning and his work include topics of urban modelling, morphological analyses and rule-based planning. His expertise is in GIS and computational methods in urban planning and design and his more recent research interests are in distributed urban modelling and simulation and algorithmic problem solving in a design process. Joutsiniemi also works as Associate Professor in Tampere University of Technology and holds Adjunct Associate Professorship in Curtin University, Australia.

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Dr. Michiru Nagatsu

Invited lecturer

Urban emotions: extended or shared?

I am a philosopher of science at TINT: Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. I also occasionally teach at Tallinn University of Technology and I’m an associate member of Spatial Intelligence Unit. My focus is on economics, and my particular interest is in how it is related to its neighbouring disciplines such as ecology, sociology, psychology and cognitive science. I’m more broadly interested in the foundations of human rationality, sociality and morality, and in how these issues can be informed by science and philosophy. I enjoy freshly roasted coffee, climbing, cycling and craft beer, in order of preference (but sometimes violating transitivity).


Prof. Harry Edelman

Invited lecturer

Urban Informatics – Towards digital understanding and experience on cities

Prof. Harry Edelman (Dr. Arch.) holds the Chair of Sustainable Design and Development at the Tampere University of Technology. His current multidisciplinary research interests include using computer vision for data driven design, sustainability in procedural modeling, and resiliency in urban redevelopment. Prof. Edelman has practiced architecture in Finland, Germany, and Italy. He has founded Edelman Group – a consultancy designing integrated urban solutions and assisting stakeholders in urban development negotiations.

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Dr. Sampo Ruoppila

Invited lecturer

Applied urban research

Dr. Sampo Ruoppila is research director of urban studies at the University of Turku, Finland, and director of Turku Urban Research Programme, a joint initiative between the City of Turku and universities to support academic urban research and promote research based policy advice for urban governance. Dr. Ruoppila is a specialist of urban policy and planning issues. His recent research topics include mainstream and alternative approaches in culture-led urban regeneration, development of Chinese university towns, and mobile participation in urban planning.

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Darya Radchenko

Invited lecturer and faculty

Digital anthropology in 38 Russian FIFA ‘18 cities

Daria Radchenko (PhD in Cultural Studies) is the vice-director of the Centre for Urban Anthropology at KB Strelka since 2015, leading the area of digital research. She also holds the position of senior researcher of Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, where she is working on the long-term project on the folklore of social media. Since 2005 she has been working in the field of on internet folklore and digital anthropology with a special interest in transmission of vernacular texts, and has published over 60 papers on these topics.


Dr. Lieven Ameel

Invited lecturer

Narratives that form the city

Critic, teacher, translator. Lieven is Adjunct Professor (Docent) in urban studies and planning methods at the Tampere University of Technology. He is the author of Helsinki in Early Twentieth-Century Literature, still the only study of Helsinki in Finnish-written literature to date. The book is based on his doctoral dissertation Moved by the City, which is available online here.

Lieven is currently researching the use and structure of narrative in urban planning. Specifically, he is examining the areas of Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari in Helsinki. More on this project here. He is also continuing work on literary cities, mostly Helsinki, but more recently also New York, and on the examination of the genre of the city novel

Tatiana Mukhina

Tatiana Mukhina

Invited speaker

Designing public space for 40 Russian cities

Tatiana Mukhina is an urban planner and researcher, currently working at Strelka KB in Moscow. She graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Moscow Architectural Institute, and later received two Master degrees from the Bauhaus University, Weimar and Tongji University, Shanghai. She has worked in China and Moscow as an urban planner and designer, and undertakes independent research as well.
At Strelka KB she is working on the FIFA project,  aiming to radically improve central public spaces of 40 Russian cities before the championship, and leaving the basis for the public space development afterwards.
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Renee Puusepp

Invited speaker

Tallinn City Centre study and pedestrian simulation

Renee is an architect, entrepreneur, and a researcher in the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he currently works on pedestrian modelling in cities. He runs a London-based architectural technology consultancy Slider Studio and Creatomus Solution based in Tallinn. He is driven by the vision of mass-customisation of architecture – developing “machines” that create architecture. He dreams of making one of such machines that influences masses, making everyone’s lives a little bit better.

Having finished his formal training and started professional career as an architect in Estonia, he completed MSc in Computing and Design as well as a PhD in Architecture at University of East London. In 2011, he was awarded a doctorate degree for his thesis investigating advanced architectural modelling technologies.

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Georgina Varna

Invited talk

Star model in analysing public space


Jaana Vanhatalo

Faculty - TUT

GIS and admin

Jaana Vanhatalo has a masters (M. Sc.) in Region Studies from Tampere University and has worked as a project researcher in the School of Architecture at TUT since 2010. She also teaches in urban planning (mainly GIS) and Master’s thesis workshop -course. Her research interests are urban planning and planning processes, participation in planning, accessibility issues and GIS as a planning tool. She is starting PhD work concerning dilemmas of defining urban areas.


School of Architecture, Tampere University of Technology | FINLAND

School of Architecture website

Korkeakoulunkatu 5, Rakennustalo, 33101 Tampere, Finland

Contact person: Damiano Cerrone