• Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging the development and growth 14.5.19

    27 maalis 2019

    Venue: Aalto University, Main building Dipoli, Auditorium: Lumituuli (address Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland) 

    The seminar ‘Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging development and growth’ brings together those ‘Urbanising Society’ projects funded within the ‘Strategic Research Programme’ 2016‒2019. These research projects have been examining different dimensions of recent urbanisation and subsequent impacts on Finland and other countries. The seminar aims to increase understanding of the topic and to make the generated knowledge usable in general decision-making processes and for urban and community planning. Presentations at this seminar will deal with, e.g. urban planning, mobility, housing and recourse wisdom. Researchers of the ‘Urbanising Society’ research projects will present their findings at the seminar. 

    See the program and registration here: Urbanising_society_programme


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  • URMI Foresight Seminar 21.5.2019 “Puzzling urbanization”

    12 marras 2018
    Otto-Wille Koste

    Time: 10:00 – 15:30 / 16:00
    Date: 21.5.2019
    Venue: Eurooppa-sali, Kamppi, Malminkatu 16, Helsinki

    Tervetuloa kuulemaan asiantuntijapuheenvuoroja ja keskustelemaan tavoista ennakoida kaupungistumisen tulevaisuutta. Paikalla on aihepiirin huippututkijoita Hollannista ja Saksasta sekä URMI-hankkeen tutkijoita ja muita kotimaisia asiantuntijoita. Päivän aiheena ovat niin kaupungistumisen suunnat kuin niiden ennakointi. Mitä hyötyä erilaisista tulevaisuusharjoitteista on? Mitkä kaupungistumisen ajurit ovat pysyviä, mitkä väistyviä ja mitkä vasta tekevät tuloaan?

    How should we try to anticipate the future of urbanization? What are the drivers of European urbanization in the coming decades? How should we make sense of them in the Finnish context?

    In the foresight seminar organized by the URMI project, we will hear presentations on urban dynamics as well as on possibilities to anticipate their future. There will be two keynote speeches by foreign guests, both top-notch scholars in their fields:  

    Arjan van Timmeren is the Professor of Environmental Technology at TU Delft Department of Urbanism, in the Netherlands. He is specialised on urban dynamics and theories of complexity.

    Kerstin Cuhls works as a scientific project manager at the Frauenhofer Institute in Karlsruhe, Germany, where her projects deal with Futures Research methods and technology foresight in Asia and Europe.

    The seminar includes also inputs from Finnish experts. They will present recent contributions in the field of urban futures as the basis for discussion.

    • The regionalised data trajectories, with examples including the Population Forecast for 10 urban regions by MDI, published in February 2019.
    • Ways to forecast international migration, by Migration Institute of Finland
    • The Urbanization Scenarios produced in cooperation of the URMI and BEMINE projects, published by Demos Helsinki in late 2018
    • Imaginary Overview to ‘Smart’ Urbanity and challenges to fundamentals of planning thinking, by Aalto University
    • Design-led Foresight for Urban Sustainability Transitions, based on work done at Aalto University Department of Design

    Registration here.

    Timetable 21.5.2019
    10:00 – 10:15 Puzzling urbanization Prof. Panu Lehtovuori + URMI team on urbanization drivers
    10:15 – 11:00 Keynote (30 min) + discussion Arjan van Timmeren
    11:00 – 11:45 Keynote (30 min) + discussion Kerstin Cuhls
    11:45 – 12:15 Panel discussion Arjan, Kerstin, Panu
    13:00 – 14:00 Finnish examples of urban foresight, 15-minute presentations each
    – Aleksi Neuvonen, Otto-Wille Koste and Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé, Demos Helsinki

    Rasmus Aro, MDI
    Idil Gaziulusoy, Aalto University
    – Tuomas Martikainen, Migration Institute of Finland
     Jenni Partanen, Aalto Univeristy
    14:00 -15:00 “I like, I wish” – feedback session in four groups
    15:00 – 15:30 Iteration of two concrete proposals for future cooperation
    15:30 – 16:00 Time for informal follow-ups

    For additional information, please turn to kaisa.schmidt-thome@demoshelsinki.fi, tel. 040 0708178

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