Panel @ Tallinn Digital Summit. How to Harness the Power of Data to Improve Our Built Environment?

Developing a practical, sustainable, accessible and aesthetically pleasing living environment has always been a challenge. With the rise of the digital age we have a vast array of new tools at our disposal that can better analyze, simulate and optimize the building lifecycle – from planning, design, construction to renovation, demolition and recycling. In the…

A statement by TELT and Demos Helsinki for the Mediterranean Corridor of the TENT-T network

A statement co-authored with Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin for cross-border sustainable transport. Upon our imminent return to a world connected through travel, we have to face the challenge of respecting the environment while also supporting the transport industry. TELT, the French-Italian public promoter of the cross-border section of the freight and passenger railway line Lyon-Turin, joined…

From smart to people-first cities

The pandemic has disrupted and reconfigured urban life. What is the potential for shifting to a people-first lens for urban transformation? Damiano Cerrone from Demos Helsinki and John Hadaway from SPIN Unit highlight and interpret the signals of change they are seeing.

Land Cover of Early Life Environment Modulates the Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

The study suggests that exposure to an agricultural environment (comprising nonirrigated arable land, fruit trees and berry plantations, pastures, natural pastures, land principally occupied by agriculture with significant areas of natural vegetation, and agroforestry areas) early in life is inversely associated with the risk of type 1 diabetes. This association may be mediated by early…

Building Vitality – Regenerative Construction

A white paper co-created with YLVA to lay out a vision of regenerative urban development that challenges and redefines the human-nature dichotomy. We should strive towards it for our self-interest. Science indicates so, and it is our moral obligation as members of this planet. Achieving this vision implies refusing the normal to re-imagine, experiment, learn…

The future of work in the Smart City

Moderated by Alex Irwin-Hunt, Global Markets Editor and co-host of Rising Ecosystems Podcast at fDi Intelligence We will discuss the future of work and how this differs for smart cities versus cites less focused on urban technology. Will urban tech solutions trigger better ‘liveable city solutions’ for people working, as well as for those living…

City Experiment Fund Webinar series: Humble governance: addressing complex challenges through a networked model

We are currently facing substantial societal challenges, such as climate change, polarization, and racial tensions. We believe that the only way forward is to collectively strive towards increasingly humble public governance, in which broad collaboration and collective learning build trust. Humility begins with an acknowledgement of our own fallibility. In a context characterized by great…

Next Stop: Make transportation work for people

It’s 2021. The transportation sector needs to pay attention to one of the elephants in the room of our times: equality and how power imbalances became embedded in cities and regions’ transit services. One of the tangible consequences of the status quo is the upholding of invisible barriers that hold back a just and equitable…

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…