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URMI foresight seminar a success – key stakeholders discuss urbanization trends

As part of the URMI project (Urbanization, Mobilities and Immigration), a three-year research funded by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic research council, a large foresight seminar was organized on September 12 in Helsinki.

Key stakeholders from public, private and third sector convened to brainstorm and reflect on the known trends and new drivers of urbanization, with an aim in the year 2039. The discussion was very fruitful, providing for new insights and actor-based directions for the research.

URMI stands for Urbanization, Mobilities and Immigration – key themes that greatly influence the future of Finnish cities and city regions. TUT School of Architecture and Demos Helsinki are responsible for the foresight work on futures of urbanization, a task that unifies and interprets the results of research on the Finnish urban system, spatial configuration, work and commuting, housing and leisure, fresh approaches on sustainability policies, as well as international mobility including asylum-seekers’ and immigrants’ housing choices.

The foresight work will continue, combining smaller thematic workshops and large seminars. Next workshops on immigration and sustainability policies will be in November in Turku and Helsinki. In the beginning of 2017, TUT will organize a workshop on urbanization. For more information, workshop schedule, observations from the seminar and other content see Follow also Twitter feeds in #urmiproject.

Based on this unique co-creative work, URMI will provide for practical advice for decision-makers in the Finnish city regions and national government. The URMI consortium is led by University of Turku. TUT’s work package, led by professor Panu Lehtovuori, explores the futures of urbanization from multiple perspectives. From the School of Architecture, project manager, researcher Jaana Vanhatalo, researcher Damiano Cerrone, researcher Jenni Partanen and associate professor Anssi Joutsiniemi will participate. From the Department of Civil Engineering, professors Arto Saari and Tapio Katko as well as researcher Antti Kurvinen will join. Other members of the work package include Aleksi Neuvonen and Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé from Demos Helsinki, Hanna Heino from University of Turku, Tiit Tammaru from University of Tartu and Tarmo Pikner from Tallinn University. Other work packages are lead by National institute for health and welfare (immigration) and Åbo Akademi University (sustainability).

News submitted by: Sara Riihimäki
Keywords: science and research, urmi