Last Wednesday I was invited to speak at Radio Helsinki’s new program “Hesa meidän” (Our Helsinki) about vacant spaces and their reuse, together with Tommi Laitio, head of Helsinki youth department and Hannu Kurki, development manager of Helsinki real estate … Read More
Urban Dream Management is a strategic design practice striving towards creative and sustainable cities. We are passionate about the changing city and its people. Get in touch, if you need an expert on smart use of existing resources or involving users and stakeholders in the development of built environment.
How can we help?
Smart Use of Space
Do you have an underused space or location in mind, and you’re looking for new solutions and futures for it? Creative reuse of spaces is one of our passions. Our expertise covers both temporary use and more long-term solutions for repurposing spaces. Or if you think space should be used more flexibly, as a service, we’re on your side. We think space is a resource that should not be wasted in today’s world with finite material supply. Rethinking how different spaces can be used, and tackling the issue of supply and demand, saves energy and money, and makes a city more open.
We bring people to the core of a design or development process, be it an urban plan, a municipal service, a building project or a legislation process. We help you to understand people, to ideate with them and test concepts and prototypes in practice before spending too much resources in planning and preparing the wrong project. Integrating stakeholders to the project from day one helps you to innovate, create well functioning and desirable products and services, and prevent potential contradictions or complaints.
Design for Public Sector
We help government and public sector organizations to renew through applying design thinking within the organization or to concrete projects and outcomes. Empathic design, behavioral insight and visualization offer the public sector necessary tools to better address today’s complex challenges and create more efficient services that really serve their user. We have experience of working within the ministry level, with municipalities and also educating young designers to work with public sector challenges.
Talks, Mentoring and Education
We give inspiring lectures and talks on public or private arenas and at schools or universities. We offer mentoring and education services to your organization around our areas of expertise, for example helping you to understand user behavior, bringing design thinking to your organization, or smart use of existing spaces. We have a solid experience of teaching and lecturing at university level.
Latest Blog Posts
What is Helsinki’s future and are there alternatives? A new book in three languages, edited by Eeva Berglund and Cindy Kohtala and published by Nemo, looks at the pocket-sized metropolis, its development and future with a loving heart and a … Read More
In the latest issue (4/15) of Ornamo magazine by the Finnish Association of Designers, Hannu Pöppönen writes about new roles of design as expert services for public sector and private clients, focusing on human-centered processes, experimentation culture and building bridges across different sectors … Read More
During Helsinki Design Week, 11 designers and 10 civil servants gathered for a DfG morning workshop at Valtimo, a new joint working space of the ministries. The aim of the day was to create trust and find tools for the ministries’ civil servants … Read More