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Livable City Forum – Helsinki Design Picnic

June 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am - June 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

Venue: Arabia Campus of Metropolia UAS

What is Livable City Forum?

In the Livable City Forum you will hear true-life examples of strategies, methods and partnerships utilising design thinking for better and more sustainable urban development. But more than this, you’ll also get to experience the methods at first hand! The Livable City Forum held in June 2016 consists of two parts: Turku Campus Challenge and Helsinki Design Picnic.
Register to participate by 30th of May >>

Want to participate and haven’t yet registered? Please send an email to katariina.saarela [ät] metropolia.fi

Welcome to Helsinki Design Picnic!

How can design enhance the urban livability and development? Come and experience the best bits and practices of Helsinki, a City of Design – we promise you won’t be bored!
> Find out more about our Livable city debaters & makers


THURSDAY | 9 June 2016

“How design-thinking has been adopted to enhance the city development and how it is transforming Helsinki?”

8:30 am – 9 am
Registration & Coffee

Host of the morning session:
Anna-Maria Vilkuna, Director of RDI, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

9 am – noon
Opening words
Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki

DIY Urbanism & Citizens as a Resource for Shaping Cities
Timo Hämäläinen, Urban Blogger http://urbanfinland.com/

The Story of the Design-Driven Helsinki
Marco Steinberg, Snowcone & Haystack

Design-thinking in the Urban Development
Anne Stenros, Director of International Design Business Management, Aalto University

Co-produced City and Suburbs
Tero Santaoja, Project Manager of the Neighborhood Project, City of Helsinki

Evolving City – Helsinki Beyond Dreams
Hella Hernberg, Designer/Architect

Sharing City – the Restaurant Day and Beyond
Timo Santala, Urban activist & change maker

noon – 1 pm
Discussions continue over the Lunch

1 pm – 5 pm

TRACK A: Co-developing Myllypuro Campus (Workshop + Walking Tour)
In this co-creation workshop participants are challenged to brainstorm and develop ideas about stakeholder cooperation in the suburban district of Myllypuro, where a new Metropolia campus is being built. The workshop presents a participatory design concept that was created for Live Baltic Campus and the first Livable City Forum. Immerse yourself in creative team work, join a stakeholder role play around a map and take this method back to your home city in the form of a toolkit poster!
workshop facilitated by Jalmari Sarla
30 seats available

After 2-hour workshop in Arabia there is a transportation to Myllypuro + walking tour led by Pauli Saloranta, Urban Walks Finland

TRACK B: City as Campus – Design Driven Helsinki
How did Helsinki decide to pursue being a design driven city? This session allows you to dig more deeply into how it all happened from the City’s perspective, what are the findings from the years’ experience and learn more in detail about the design interventions made in the city departments and public services.
afternoon coordinated by Ida Björkbacka, City of Helsinki and Merita Soini, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
50 seats available

Venue: The City Planning Department’s meeting place Laituri in the Helsinki City Centre, address Narinkka 2
N.B. there will be a group going together from Arabia Campus – meet-up by the registration desk after lunch at 12:50 pm


1:30 pm – 3 pm | Food for Thought

Design Driven Helsinki
Anu Mänttäri, Senior Specialist, City of Helsinki, City Executive Office, Economic Development

City University Partnerships and Campus Development
Ida Björkbacka, Senior Advisor, City of Helsinki, City Executive Office, Economic Development

Culture Campus and the new Central Library in Helsinki
Pirjo Lipasti, Lead planner, City of Helsinki, City Library

User Driven Bicycle Planning in Helsinki and the service concept of ‘Laituri’ space
Reetta Keisanen, Cycling coordinator, City of Helsinki, City Planning Department

Design for Everyday Mobility project
Pasi Pänkäläinen, Senior Lecturer, Designer, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

3 pm – 4:30 pm | Walking tour ‘City as Campus’

TRACK C: Arabia Creative Campus Picnic (Workshop + Walking Tour) N.B session held mainly in Finnish
Within few years all of Metropolia’s Creative education will take place in Arabia Campus. In this workshop we will shape shared visions to guide our future plans. Some of our subjects: How to built a joint campus between the two buildings and multiple disciplines? The ways to include the higher education campuses in the area into a collaborative network and to create joint study modules between them? How Arabia sits in the urban planning scene and development of the local profile and brand? What should be the future services in the area and how should the future Campus Arabia be co-developed? To get inspired of the stakeholders and facilities in the area!
afternoon coordinated by the projects Creative Campus Arabia & CoINNO
30 seats available

1 pm – 3 pm
Live Baltic Campus Steering Group meeting

7 pm onwards
Social Summer Evening
Enjoy the urban atmosphere, some snacks, drinks & great company


FRIDAY | 10 June 2016

8:30 am – 9 am
Registration & Coffee

Host of the morning session:
Merita Soini, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

9 am – 9:30 am
Engaging co-design
Tuuli Mattelmäki, associate professor, Aalto University

9:30 am – 11:30 am
Campus Albano, Stockholm University: planning, designing, and building a social-ecologically sustainable campus

An introduction to social-ecological urban design
Johan Colding, Stockholm Resilience Centre

The role of the new campus for urban ecosystem services on local and city-wide scales
Erik Andersson, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Comparing the design visions, and the final urban plans – insights on outcomes, priority areas, and trade-offs
Maria Schewenius, Stockholm Resilience Centre

Design intrepretations of Campus Albano process
Juha Ainoa, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

11:30 am – noon
Closing of the 1st Livable City Forum and see you in Uppsala!


Register to participate by 30th of May

Accommodation in Helsinki between 8th-10th of June 2016

Cumulus Hakaniemi Helsinki
Siltasaarenkatu 14, 00530 Helsinki
Standard single room 111 €/night
Standard twin room 131 €/night

Cumulus Kallio Helsinki
Läntinen Brahenkatu 2, 00510 Helsinki
Standard single room 115 €/night
Standard twin room 130 €/night

Special rates available with code ”Live Baltic Campus”
Bookings to both Cumulus Hotels by email my.reservation@restel.fi I or by phone +358 20 055 055

Hotel Anna
Annankatu 1, 00120 Helsinki
Single room 124 €/night
Twin room 149 €/night

Special rates available until May 23rd with code ”Live Baltic Campus”
Bookings by email info@hotelanna.fi
Remark: Credit Card is needed to guarantee the reservation

Hotel Arthur
Vuorikatu 19, 00100 Helsinki
Basic single room 110 €/night
Basic twin room 125 €/night
Superior single room 140 €/night
Superior twin room 155 €/night

Special rates available until May 15th with code LIVE BALTIC CAMPUS or as long as there are rooms available
Bookings by email myyntipalvelu@hotelarthur.fi or by phone +358 9 173 441

More info

With other questions related to the Livable City Forum event, please contact project coordinator Katariina Saarela, katariina.saarela (at) metropolia.fi



June 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am
June 10, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Metropolia University of Applied Sciences


Arabia Campus of Metropolia UAS
Hämeentie 161
Helsinki, 00560 Finland
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