European Regional Development Fund
European Regional Development Fund


Partners of Urb Cultural Planning have organised a two-day international Urban Lab on how to use participatory and co-creation methods on City Development. The event will take place in Pori (Finland) on the 23rd-24th of October 2019.

The lab builds upon the event of PORIS (Pori Research Centre for City Development). Located in the very city centre of Pori, PORIS serves as a dialogue space where inhabitants who walk by are asked to share their wishes and ideas on how to develop Pori city centre. All this material will be used in the Urban Lab workshop as source of inspiration. The aim of the workshop is to develop new participatory processes for utilisation of empty spaces, increasing comfort and traffic solutions, etc.

Below is the program.



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 1.1: 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 1.2: 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”

This workshop is based on the the conference in Kiel and the Urban Lab in Copenhagen, where all the demonstrators received a lot of different inputs. The participants are encouraged to exchange and discuss certain issues related to the existing projects. From dialogue and feedback, they will learn from each other experiences and start developing solutions. The workshop is spitted in two parts: The first part is about the anatomy of design processes, while the second is about creating networks and future collaborations between the different project partners.

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.


Deadline is on the 18th of October 2019.

Registration for international guests and Project Partners:


Registration for Finns only:


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