People First @ MAJA architecture magazine

The People-first vision is a new perspective to how cities can govern and benefit from digital technologies in the global urban age, by developing people’s rights and technologies in harmony. It is the result of a collaboration process of the Nordic think tank Demos Helsinki and the four biggest cities of Finland: Espoo, Helsinki, Tampere,…

The future of shrinking cities

The report for the Estonian Ministry of Finance is not out. This is a nearly year long process to map population shrinkage in Estonia utilising novel datasets. I will soon update this post with a summary in English and more information is also available on the website of the Ministry.

Towards regenerative cities @ Tampere smart city week.

Regenerative thinking is part of an ecological narrative where human and natural systems evolve together. People see themselves as part of an ecosystem and their actions enrich, reinforce and refurbish their living environment. It’s about finding the right balance between our growth ambitions and the one-earth boundaries. The regenerative cities narrative is about transforming urban…

Beyond Smart City @ e-residency comms

That’s why we’re now working on this idea of regenerative cities, which means balancing urban life with a sustainable urban environment. Instead of seeing these as two separate things, we need to try to rethink our urban spaces in the future. So that they’re not just sustainable, but they regenerate their base.” More here

FIN/EST data-art at Wild Mazzini

Exhibition of digital cartographies in Turin at Wild Mazzini gallery for the Torino Graphic Days 2019 – I’ll be present for the opening on September then 26th. During the Torino Graphic Days, Wild Mazzini exhibited two cartographies I co-produced with Jesus at SPIN Unit about the digital footprint of Helsinki and Tallinn. We gathered all…

Talk @ World Summit on the Digital Built Environment

During the coming few months we are going to experience a new urban transformation driven by novel acceleration schemes and industrial innovations. This is far from unprecedented as we have faced similar crisis about twice every century. The upcoming stimulus packages will boost new planning and building practices that will require the development of new…

Operationalising Jan Gehl’s analysis of urban space with Foursquare data

The paper presents a method to operationalise Jan Gehl’s categorisation of dweller’s activity patterns in public space using Foursquare data. The ‘Urban Activity Wheel’ method is instrumental in showing how location based social media data is beneficial to understand the distribution and variety of contemporary activity patterns. Re-organising both location-based social media data and statistical…

Design Your Creativity @ Brera Design Week

Human creativity has the ability to make conceptual leaps, creating something surprising from common knowledge. It is the ultimate driving force behind innovation in art and design. Deep Neural Network is amplifying our skills and collaborating with us to achieve productivity and quality that previously have not been possible. Through case studies and examples, the…

Digital Autarky @ Goethe Institute

Recent years have seen the rise of conflicts over people’s right to their own data, privacy, and transparency in the digital realm. These emerging conflicts bring forth issues of policy and governance for giant companies and non-democratic states just as much as positive possibilities for individuals, innovators, and public agencies. We wish to explore cities…

URMI STN * URbanisation Mobility Immigration

My role at Tampere University of Technology was to map, study and visualise urbanisation trends in Finland for the URMI project. URMI stands for URbanisation Mobilities and Immigration, was funded by the Academy of Finland and led by the University fo Turku. My focal point was to track different urban phenomenon using open data and…

Market Cafe Mag

As individuals we collect emotions and experiences that are strongly related to time and space, shaping what we call urban metaMorphology, the invisible forms of the city. This is what we want to explore, borrowing methods from cultural analytics and digital anthropology to map the digital traces left by people – giving the rise to…