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The Bologna Declaration, a new European two-cycle degree system was adopted in Finnish universities in 2005 (The Bologna Process...2010). The W5W2 project (2007-2009) supported the implementation of the Bologna process in the Finnish Universities in order to strengthen their the positions in the European Higher Education Area and to strengthen quality assurance in universities and polytechnics (Five Years, Two Degrees…2010). The project has concentrated on cumulative learning. Knowledge should accumulate in the long-term memory during the studies. In landscape planning education the aim has been to pedagogically support this cumulative process.

Since 2005 there has been a co-operation between Aalto University and the municipalities in Vantaa and Sipoo. A successful co-operation is a mutual process. In University’s perspective this process has given an excellent opportunity to introduce green strategies in co-operation with professionals and real planning situations. On the other hand co-operation with universities and university students has given municipality a possibility to get fresh and modern ideas in variable levels of landscape planning and green strategies. The people involved to this joint operation are Professor Maija Rautamäki and university teacher Kati Susi-Wolff and a group of students from the Aalto University, School of Technology and Science, landscape planning and management; landscape architect Anne Mäkynen from the city planning of Vantaa as well as landscape architects Heidi Saaristo and Sirkku Huisko from municipality of Sipoo. The aim of this paper is to present two results of this cumulative, three year long journey; Two different bachelor thesis concepts by Virva Kajamaa and Kaisa Laine, for a green network in Helsinki Region. In these two projects the main scope has been how the green strategy and developing the greenways could support regulated growth of the communes in Helsinki region.



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