Luchtpark Hofbogen by ZUS / photo: Walter Herfst

People-Driven City 2019

  • Day: Friday the 27th of September
  • Location: Dipoli Aalto University, Otaniemi Espoo
  • Time: 9–17 (TBC)
  • Languages: main language English, some talks and workshops in Finnish
  • Tickets: full price 159€ VAT incl. – Early Bird 99€ (July–August) via Eventbrite
  • Coming to the conference with a group? Please contact us for ticket offers for groups (min. 5 tickets): seminaari(at)
  • Students may apply for a sponsored ticket 0€ by contacting the organisers: seminaari(at)
  • Want to join the team making People-Driven City? Volunteers who would like to help us with practicalities at the venue can contact us: info(at)
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How do we create more inclusive urban spaces in an increasingly complex urban context?

How can citizens learn and gain better understanding about their cities – and vice versa? 

Crowdfunding and public projects – match made in heaven or road to chaos?

Is a desirable, sustainable and also affordable neighbourhood an utopian dream?

How do we empower locality in a fast growing, ever-changing city?

‘People-Driven City’ is the main conference of ‘Lähiöfest’ – festival of neighbourhoods. In 2019 Lähiöfest takes place in four different Finnish cities: Espoo, Riihimäki, Kauniainen and Helsinki. Findings and learnings of the festival will be shared and digested during the conference – this year located in Dipoli, the beautiful gem of the architectural couple Raili and Reima Pietilä at the campus of Aalto University.

Expect a whole day of inspiring keynote speakers, engaging discussions and workshops on urgent urban topics and interesting case studies from cities around the world.

We are happy to introduce our first speakers!

Michel Rojkind, Architect and Founder / Rojkind Arquitectos, Mexico City

Kimon Moerbeek, Director and Education Advisor / Kennisland, Amsterdam

Christina Lindbäck, Senior Vice President Corporate Sustainability / NCC, Stockholm

Elma van Boxel & Kristian Koreman,Architects and Founders / ZUS (Zones Urbaines Sensibles), Rotterdam

Amin Khosravi, Urban Strategist and Partner / Urbz, Geneva

Maria Derlõš, Project Manager and Lasnamäe Community Activist / Linnalabor, Tallinn

Saku Tuominen, Founder and Creative Director / HundrED, Helsinki

Päivi Raivio, Designer, Placemaking Expert and Founder / RaivioBumann, Helsinki

Tanja Jänicke, Designer and Founder / Yhteismaa, Helsinki

Tuula Antola, Director of Economic Development / City of Espoo

Heidi Backman, Director of Education and Culture / City of Kauniainen–Grankulla

(more speakers TBA)

‘People-Driven City’ is made possible with the kind support of our partners:

  • Aalto University
  • Finnish Architecture Information Centre
  • The Embassy of the Netherlands
  • The Embassy of Estonia
  • Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux
  • NCC – Lähiöfest2019 main partner
  • Innovarch – Lähiöfest2019 main partner
  • K-Market – Lähiöfest2019 main partner
  • City of Espoo – Lähiöfest2019 host city

Urban Practice reserves the rights to any changes in the program.

City professionals and enthusiasts from near and far – welcome to PEOPLE-DRIVEN CITY and the city of Espoo!

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Kansainvälinen huippuseminaari kaupungeista tuo Dipoliin Espoon Otaniemeen kiinnostavimmat esimerkit maailmalta ja meiltä kestävästä kaupungin kehittämisestä, paikallisuuden vahvistamisesta, osallisuudesta ja tulevaisuuden visioista.

Tule inspiroitumaan huippupuheista, keskusteluista, työpajoista ja tietenkin Aallon kampuksen ainutlaatuisesta arkkitehtuurista!

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