European Regional Development Fund
European Regional Development Fund

Program for Urban Lab in Pori – Designing

UrbCultural Planning project partners has organized a two-day international Urban Lab on the theme of how to use participatory and co-creation methods on City Development. The Urban Lab is carried out from the 23rd to the 24th October 2019.

What is it all about?

The Urban Lab in Pori 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 the Urban Lab in Pori . The aim of the Lab is to develop new participatory processes for themes such as utilization of empty spaces, increasing comfort and traffic solutions.


WEDNESDAY 23rd of October 09:00-18:00

Venue: Yrjönkatu 15, “Aquarium”

After four weeks of collecting ideas and opinions of the inhabitants of pori the aim of this workshop is to design possible process-designs for the transformations of Pori. The workshops will work on specific topics which are related to the overall topic: Pori as an experimental city. Workshop groups will develop a process-design with unusual tools for city planning to create a cooperative, experimental city.

Co-creation session 1: Transforming Pori to an experimental city

8:30 Warm up your soul, get your energy!

9:00 Welcoming words by Jyri Träskelin, Head of Culture Dept, Pori

9:10 Presentation of the daily schedule by Janin Walter & Ilkin Akpinar

9:20 Four safaris in mini groups – four sectors of the city

10:20 Presentation of Poris by Harri Sippola

10:40 Back to “Aquarium” (Yrjönkatu 15)

10:45 Co-creation 1: Experimental city Pori

Lecture: Temporary use in City-planning by Janin & Ilkin

11:30 Heritage of culture in Pori – an outside perspective by Jonas Büchel
11:45 Presenting Poris outcomes & groupbuilding

12:30 Lunch

14:15 Co-creation 1 continues: Pori experimental city process design 

16:30 Presentation & discussion

17:30 Fact based poetry, music and drinks

18:00 Break from work: Chill out, individual time

20:00 Dinner

THURSDAY 24th of October 09:00-18:00

Venue: Yrjönkatu 15, “Aquarium”

After the Conference in Kiel and the Urban Lab in Copenhagen, where all the demonstrators got a lot of different inputs, the aim of this workshop is to exchange and discuss together certain issues of the existing projects, learning from each other experiences and developing solutions. The workshop is spitted in two parts. The first part anatomy of design is designed ad format which leads to collective design thinking to solve specific issues. The second format is designed to create networks and future collaborations between the projects.

08:30 Warm up your soul, get your energy!

09:00 Welcoming words by The Pori Team

09:15 Presentation of the daily schedule by Janin Walter & Ilkin Akpinar

09:25 Introducing experts

  • Sampo Ruoppila (University of Turku)
  • Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé (Demos Helsinki)
  • Juuso Kemi (Staart, Pori)

09:40 Lecture: Learning from others – International examples of city-producer

10:30 Co-creation 2: Anatomy of design

Collective design-thinking on topics like: Financing, dialog, promotion, motivation, teambuilding, identification, self-esteem, openness vs top- down, impacts on neighborhoods and city-development.

11:45 Presentation of the grops and group discussion

12:30 Lunch

14:15 Input collaboration / organisational possibilities by Janin Walter & Ilkin Akpinar

14:35 Co-creation 3: Networks and collaborations

15:35 World cafe at four tables

16:30 Presentation and visualisation of the world cafe outcome

17:30 Fact based poetry, music and drinks

19:00 Bus to Reposaari, Dinner at Merrt Monk Resturant

22:30 Return to Pori

See the detailed programme: www.pori.fi/urbcultural

Slight changes are still possible.

Please do not forget to register individually for the Lab before the 18th of October, 2019.


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

Registration for international guests and Project Partners:


Registration for Finnish people:


More information: 






In any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact: kati.fager@pori.fi, +358 40 57 69 010 or harri.sippola@pori.fi +358 40 57 58 123