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Tilat avoimiksi – open spaces

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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

Nordic Urban Lab and Metropolis Publication

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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

Discussion on vacant spaces at Radio Helsinki

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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

11 Views to Changing Helsinki

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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

DfG in Ornamo Magazine

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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

Designers and civil servants

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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

DFG 2015 Final Show

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Vacant Spaces report out now!

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  We are proud to announce that the final report of our Vacant Spaces (Tyhjät tilat) project was just published. The Vacant Spaces project commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment searched for new solutions and methods for revitalizing unused spaces. … Read More

Designing for public sector challenges

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The new Design for Government course (DfG) has started in full steam in the end of March at Aalto University. The international group of 30 students from various design fields is working for 10 intensive weeks with complex challenges provided by … Read More

A City by Co-Design – Finnish Design Yearbook 2014-15

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The new Finnish Design Yearbook 2014-2015, edited by Liisa Jokinen, was launched today at Design Forum Finland. I contributed to the book with an article on how new design tools help create possibilities for citizen engagement in city development and activity. It is … Read More

New Deal: Architecture in Times of Change and Scarcity

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veroxybd.com My article New Deal: Architecture in Times of Change and Scarcity was published in the new book Transformation towards a Sustainable Future by Museum of Finnish Architecture. The article discusses the problematics of scarce material resources in today’s built environment, and … Read More

A Year in Government

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It’s been an exciting year at the Ministry of the Environment with the Design Exchange Programme (DEP). Now I am settling back at Urban Dream Management headquarters at L3 warehouse, Jätkäsaari, rich with experiences from the world of government. Having … Read More

New Dreams Ahead

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Dear Readers – It’s the last day of 2012 and it’s been terribly silent at the blog front. That of course means that the year has been exciting and busy in other ways. 2012 has passed so fast and so full … Read More

Helsinki Beyond Dreams is Here!

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We are happy to announce that our new book, Helsinki Beyond Dreams, has arrived safely from the printing house, and the official book launch will be celebrated on April 12. The plan is to use Pelago‘s new cargo bike to … Read More

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