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Sustainable Urbanisation research conference at Aalto University on 14 May

Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging the development and growth
14 May 2019 at 10:00–17:30
Aalto University, Dipoli
Otakaari 24, auditorium Lumituuli

The conference Sustainable Urbanisation – Bridging the Development and Growth brings together the Urbanising Society research projects funded within the Strategic Research Programme 2016–2019 hosted by the Academy of Finland. These projects have examined diverse dimensions of recent urbanisation and subsequent impacts on Finland and other countries. The conference increases understanding of the topic and makes research knowledge usable in general decision-making processes and in urban and community planning. The presentations will deal with, e.g. urban planning, mobility, housing and resource wisdom.

The conference is held both in English and Finnish.


10:00 opening
Opening words – Professor Riitta Kosonen / Aalto University, Ministerial Adviser Jaana Nevalainen / Ministry of the Environment, Director Jussi Vauhkonen / Strategic Research, Academy of Finland

Yliopisto-business-kaupunkilaiset Otaniemi–Keilaniemessä – Planning Manager Kristiina Rinkinen, City of Espoo
Otaniemi–Keilaniemen kehittäminen ja Alvar Aallon perintö – Director Tommi Lindh, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Are we looking at the right problems in growing cities? – Director DI Gunnar Heipp, Strategic+Urban+Mobility+Consulting, Munich, Germany
Backbones and leitmotifs: On a rocky road to metropolitan light rail scape – professor Ilari Karppi, Tampere University

12:00–13:00 lunch

The Dutch housing challenge: constructing 1 million homes in sustainable urban areas by 2030 – Assistant Professor Gerard van Bortel, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Challenges in housing conditions in the largest cities in Finland­ – Research Manager Timo Kauppinen, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

14:15–14:45 coffee break

Resource wisdom – together towards sustainable well-being – Research and Development Manager Pirkko Melville, City of Jyväskylä
“Urbaani elämä 2030” – asukaslähtöiset kaupungistumisen skenaariot
Improving urban sustainability with major development projects – Executive Vice President Juha Kostiainen, YIT Corporation
Closing Words – professor Riitta Kosonen, Aalto University

16:30 cocktails
Salutation – Associate Dean Matti Suominen, Aalto University

The event is free of charge and open to everyone interested. Preregistration on webropol-survey via this link is required no later than Wednesday 8 May 2019.

More information on the conference website through this link.