URBAN LAB IN PORI

”POWER FROM THE PEOPLE” – CO-CREATION FOR A BETTER CITY

UrbCultural Planning project organizes two-day international Urban Lab on the theme of how to use participatory and co-creation methods on City Development. We are warmly welcoming participants who are actively involved in culture, city planning and social inclusion! Also students and active citizens are more than welcomed.

What is it all about?

The Urban Lab is part of the programme of PORIS – Pori Research Centre for City Development. PORIS is located on the pedestrian street of Pori and it’s open for October 2019. It’s a dialogue space where inhabitatans are asked to share their insights and ideas on how to develop Pori City Centre. On the opening day 28th of September, over 1200 people visited PORIS and expressed their thoughts. All this material will be utilized as bases for Urban Lab workshop. The aim of the workshop is to develop new participatory processes for themes such as utilization of empty spaces, increasing comfort and traffic solutions.

PORIS Research Centre is part of UrbCultural Planning EU-project which operates within the Baltic Sea Region. The project is about developing human-oriented and culturally valued processes in urban environment (Cultural Planning). Project is funded by BSP Interreg Programme of European Regional Development Fund and it lasts until the end of June 2021.

About 20 of the participants of the Urban Lab are experts of communal development, urban design and culture. They are involved in UrbCultural Planning project in their own city or region around Baltic Sea area. Other half of the participants are local experts and enthusiasts from Pori, Satakunta region and other parts of Finland. This is an unique opportunity to develop City of Pori with such talented group of people! We will also cooperate with other projects of the field.

The Urban Lab is facilitated by Janin Walter and Ilkin Akpinar of Urban Catalyst – a well-known planning agency of Berlin, Germany.

Programme: 

WEDNESDAY 23rd of October 09:00-17:00

CO-CREATION SESSION 1: TRANSFORMING PORI

The first day of the workshop is about utilizing the material gathered in PORIS research centre in one month of time. Our aim is to create processes for the city with participatory planning and cultural methods. How could cultural values, contents and know-hows bring added value to city development?

THURSDAY 24th of October 09:00-17:00

09:00-12:00 CO-CREATION SESSION 2: ANATOMY OF DESIGN

13:00-17:00 CO-CREATION SESSION 3: URBCULTURAL PROJECT WORKSHOP

The second day of the workshop is about getting deeper into the designing phase of communal projects. Kaisa Schmidt-Thome, a senior expert of Demos Helsinki, is one of the experts participating in the discussion and giving examples. The second half of the day we’ll use for working in a co-creation process for UrbCultural Planning demonstrators from i.a. Germany, Lithuania and Denmark.

See the programme in more detail (published on week 41):

www.pori.fi/urbcultural

Registration: 

Please registrate to the event by filling the form (on 18th of October the latest):

Registration for international guests and Project Partners:
https://forms.gle/snVzZ3nYjqy4QZrq9

Registration for Finnish people:
https://forms.gle/Kxc9b9ox4EDf1xL89