World Design Capital 2012 Helsinki thumb

World Design Capital 2012 Helsinki

Unioninkatu 24, Helsinki

Get Directions

Add phone number

Categories

Work hours

Add information

About

The legacy of WDC Helsinki 2012 will live on in Design Driven City, a two-year project to promote the use of design in cities of the larger Helsinki area.
World Design Capital 2012 Helsinki cover

Mission

OPEN HELSINKI – EMBEDDING DESIGN IN LIFE was the theme for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. Now the legacy will live on in Design Driven City, a two-year project to promote the use of design in cities of the larger Helsinki area. The project will hire professional designers to work in the city organizations.

THE DESIGN DRIVEN CITY project stems from the awareness that successful cities of the future possess strong design competencies and make extensive use of design. Design can help cities to find new and often radical ways to operate and to visualize their future. The project seeks to put design firmly at the core of the development of public services and to strengthen user-oriented approaches in city service design.

The Design Driven City will hire “city designers”, that is, professional designers who will put their design know-how to concrete uses working side by side with city staff in city development processes. The city designers will be tasked to identify areas where design can be applied and to define the ways to apply design in these areas.

Among their many functions, the city designers can deepen city-staff understanding of citizen needs, and they can propose ways to encourage citizens to take more active roles in city decision making and development. As well as coaching city staff in the possibilities and practices of design, the Design Driven City project will educate the larger public sector and participate in public discussion about design.

Design Driven City manifests that design will continue to feature prominently on larger Helsinki area’s agenda. The cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Lahti believe in the power of design.

Description

Add information

Founded

2010
Share
Similar places nearby