Helsinki Symposium

The City of Helsinki invited 300 key players to the City Hall to discuss urban development, urban research and topical issues in urban policy. The ideas were put into motion by Mayor Vapaavuori, who stressed in his opening speech the importance of knowledge and facts in urban development and in urban policy. Timo Aro, an urban expert at MDI, continued to pass this knowledge on with his five thesis on urban flourishing. Associate Professor Kjell A. Nordström claimed that the future of the world will be solved by 600 cities, not 200 nation states. In the panel section of the symposium, chaired by Anni Sinnemäki, led a discussion on several topical urban policy issues. MDI assisted the City of Helsinki in planning, implementing and reporting on this occasion. For initialisation and to help the rhythm of the event MDI produced video inserts in collaboration with Creamframe. The event recieved a lot of positive feedback – helping to re-centre the debate. Material of the event:, Direct link to introvideo on MDI’s YouTube channel: