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Cities for People Open Lecture event, Turku Cultural Capital of Europe programme, Finland, 17 March 2011, 10-12pm

Turun kaupunginteatterin lämpiö
Itäinen Rantakatu 14
Turku, Finland

Louise Grassov/Gehl Architects, architecture curator and commentator Lucy Bullivant & Timo Hintsanen, planning manager/City of Turku

Urban structure, interesting city centres and car-independence are pressing issues in the planning of the Finnish cities at the moment. The cities around the world offer us inspiring examples of successful solutions. What king of planning will transform Finnish cities to support 21st century urban living?

Louise Grassov, Gehl Architects, Denmark
Gehl Architects is one of the world's most appreciated agencies focusing on human-centered urban development. Their plans have helped to create successful public urban space and lively pedestrian city centers e.g. in Copenhagen, New York and Melbourne. The strength of the planning by Gehl Architects is the research on how real people use urban space and where and how the interactive urban life is formed.

Lucy Bullivant, curator and architectural commentator, the UK
In her forthcoming book Masterplanning Futures Bullivant discusses how planning will change in the 21st century when top down direction doesn't work any longer. Bullivant introduces positive cases of planning systems that make use of and support people's ways of using the city.

Timo Hintsanen, planning manager, Turku
What is the vision of the cultural capital Turku regarding urban planning that serves the citizens?

Foreign guests will speak in English. The lecture is open for anyone interested - welcome!

The lecture is arranged by the National Council for Architecture, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Culture and Education. It is part of the renewal process of the Finnish architectural policy programme. More info: Tiina Valpola, tel. +358 40 737 2621,,

After the lecture there will be an expert workshop on Adaptive Urban Planning led by Louise Grassov, Lucy Bullivant and Outi Kuittinen from Demos Helsinki. The workshop is looking for ideas for the new architectural policy programme. Attendance is limited - to sign up, please contact

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