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Research topics

building stocks, renovation, conservation and adaptation, adaptive reuse, flexibility and adaptability, design for deconstruction and adaptability, circular economy, circularity, reuse of buildings and their parts, demolition and deconstruction, material flow analysis, environmental impacts, life cycle assessment, policy and steering instruments

Research unit

Research group: Renovation and Circular Economy transition (ReCET)

Research fields

architecture: renovation and conservation of buildings, circular economy

Selected publications

Huuhka, S., Moisio, M., Salmio, E., Köliö, A., & Lahdensivu, J. (2023). Renovate or replace? Consequential Replacement LCA framework for buildings. Buildings and Cities, 4(1), 212–228.  

Tarpio, J., Huuhka, S., & Vestergaard, I. (2022). Barriers to implementing adaptable housing: architects' perceptions in Finland and Denmark. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 37(4), 1859-1881.  

Kolkwitz, M., Luotonen, E., & Huuhka, S. (2022). How changes in urban morphology translate into urban metabolisms of building stocks: A framework for spatiotemporal material flow analysis and a case study. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.  

Räsänen, A., Huuhka, S., Pakkala, T., & Lahdensivu, J. (2022). Methods for evaluating the technical performance of reclaimed bricks. Case Studies in Construction Materials, 17, 1-19. [e01504].  

Tarpio, J., & Huuhka, S. (2022). Residents’ views on adaptable housing: A virtual reality-based study. Buildings and Cities, 3(1), 93-110.  

Huuhka, S., & Kolkwitz, M. (2021). Stocks and Flows of Buildings: Analysis of Existing, Demolished and Constructed Buildings in Tampere, Finland, 2000–2018. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 25(4), 948-960.  

Kaasalainen, T., & Huuhka, S. (2020). Existing Apartment Buildings as a Spatial Reserve for Assisted Living. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 38(5), 753-769.  

Huuhka, S. and Vestergaard, I. (2019). Building conservation and the circular economy: A theoretical consideration. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, 10: 29–40.  

Kalakoski, I., Huuhka, S. and Koponen, O.-P. (2019). From obscurity to heritage: Canonisation of the Nordic Wooden Town. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 26: 790–805.  

Huuhka, S., Naber, N., Asam, C., & Caldenby, C. (2019). Architectural potential of deconstruction and reuse in declining mass housing estates. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, 31(1), 139-179.  

Huuhka, S. and Saarimaa, S. (2018). Adaptability of mass housing: Size modification of flats as a response to segregation. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 36: 408–426.  

Huuhka, S. (2018). Tectonic use of reclaimed timber: Design principles for turning scrap into architecture. Architectural Research in Finland, 2: 130–151.  

Kalakoski, I. and Huuhka, S. (2018). Spolia revisited and extended: The potential for contemporary architecture. Journal of Material Culture, 23: 187–213.  

Kaasalainen, T. and Huuhka, S. (2016). Accessibility improvement models for typical flats: Mass-customizable design for individual circumstances. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 30: 271–294.  

Huuhka, S. (2016). Vacant residential buildings as potential reserves: a geographical and statistical study. Building Research and Information, 44: 816–839.  

Kaasalainen, T. and Huuhka, S. (2016). Homogenous homes of Finland: 'standard' flats in non-standardized blocks. Building Research and Information, 44: 229–347.  

Huuhka, S. and Lahdensivu, J. (2016). A statistical and geographical study on demolished buildings. Building Research and Information, 44: 73–96. 

Huuhka, S., Kaasalainen, T., Hakanen, J. H. and Lahdensivu, J. (2015). Reusing concrete panels from building for buildings: potential in Finnish 1970s mass housing. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 101: 105–121.