Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging the development and growth 14.5.2019

9 huhti 2019
Otto-Wille Koste

Strategic Research Council organizes a common conference for the Urbanising Society research programme together with international guests and all the three research projects BEMINE, URMI and DAC on May 14th.

The conference Sustainable Urbanisation – bridging development and growth brings together the Urbanising Society research projects funded within the Strategic Research Programme 2016‒2019 hosted by the Academy of Finland. These projects have examined diverse dimensions of recent urbanisation and subsequent impacts on Finland and other countries. The conference increases understanding on the topic and makes research knowledge usable in general decision-making processes and in urban and community planning. Presentations of the conference will deal with, e.g. urban planning, mobility, housing and resource wisdom.

Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 at 10:00-17:30
Venue: Aalto University, Main building Dipoli,
Auditorium: Lumituuli (address Otakaari 24, Espoo, Finland)

10:00-10:15 Opening
Programme Director, professor Riitta Kosonen, Aalto University
and Ministerial Adviser Dr. Jaana Nevalainen, Ministry of the Environment
Director Jussi Vauhkonen, Strategic Research, Academy of Finland

10:15-10:45 Welcome to Otaniemi
Uusi Kampus-kaupunginosa?
Yliopisto-business-kaupunkilaiset Keilaniemi-Otaniemessä
Espoon kaupunki (tbc)
Otaniemi-Keilaniemi kehittäminen ja Alvar Aallon perintö
Toimitusjohtaja Tommi Lindh, Alvar Aalto Säätiö

10:45-11:25 Keynote I: Are we looking at the right problems in growing cities?
Gunnar Heipp, Director DI, Strategic+Urban+Mobility+Consulting, Munich, Germany

11:25-11:55 BEMINE: Backbones and Leitmotifs: On a rocky road to metropolitan light rail scape [in Tampere City Region]
Ilari Karppi, Professor, Tampere University

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:40 Keynote II: The Dutch housing challenge: constructing 1 million homes in sustainable urban areas by 2030
Gerard van Bortel, Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

13:40-14:00 URMI: Challenges in housing conditions in the largest cities in Finland
Timo Kauppinen, Research Manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

14:15-14:45 Coffee break

14:45-15:25 Keynote III: Resource wisdom – together towards sustainable well-being
Pirkko Melville, Research and Development Manager, Jyväskylän kaupunki

15:25-16:00 DAC ”Urbaani elämä 2030” – asukaslähtöiset kaupungistumisen skenaariot

16:00-16:25 Keynote IV: Improving urban sustainability with major development projects
Juha Kostiainen, Executive Vice President, Urban Development, YIT Corporation

16:25-16:30 Closing Words
Professor Riitta Kosonen, Programme Director (Urbanising Society), Aalto University

16:30-17:30 Cocktails
Salutation: Associate Dean, Research and International cooperation Matti Suominen, Aalto University

The conference is free of charge and open to everyone interested in the topic. However, prior
registration is required. Participants are invited to register no later than Wednesday 8 May 2019 by
using this link.

Registration for students:
Please note! Students are welcome to participate in the conference using this student registration
link no later than Wednesday 8 May 2019. Lunch is not included for the students.

Welcome to the Conference!

Should you have any questions concerning the conference, please contact Prof. Riitta Kosonen, Aalto
University (
Should you have questions concerning the registration, please contact Hanna-Elina Koivisto, Aalto
University (


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