The Future of Cities part was very inspiring as a wide variety of speakers from different backgrounds presented their insights on how to co-create low-carbon, energy-smart cities that enable sustainable lifestyles. A wide range of ideas and projects were introduced - from urban bee-keeping to transforming highways to boulevards and from social living solutions (Malta project in Jätkäsaari) to spontaneously organized urban social events such as Ravintolapäivä (The Restaurant Day) or Helsinki Night Bike Riders.
Photo from Nice
Perhaps the most inspiring presentation to me was one by Irene Cassarino, who talked about Low2No project. It is a joint project organized by Demos Helsinki and Sitra.
"Low2No is a model of design and construction which delivers a more sustainable, built environment, and lays a foundation for ecological urban living. Low2No engages the existing city and aims to balance economy, ecology and society through strategic investments and interventions. " (Low2No website)
The stream from the event is available here.