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.
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
In autumn 2015 I took part as an expert of human-centered design and smart use of spaces, in an experimental project by City of Helsinki. This project, titled “Open spaces” (Tilat avoimiksi), called for a more flexible use of spaces owned … Read More
In April, Urban Dream Management presented at the Nordic Urban Lab conference, which took place in Borås and Gothemburg, south Sweden. The conference focused on ‘cultural planning’, which is a culturally sensitive approach to planning and policy working with the … Read More
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
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