Cities are for the citizens.

Design Driven City promotes the use of design in urban environments. We believe that design can help make cities better, more easygoing and more functional.

Design Driven City carries on the legacy of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and develops design thinking and know-how within the planning of public services. It offers expert advice to cities on better solutions through design, and helps the design field to address the needs of the public sector.

What do cities and design have in common?

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Our Services

Design Driven City helps and guides in questions relating to cities and design. We also gladly give advice on using design in your specific field, and can direct you further in purchasing design services.

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Design projects

Applying design methods involves several phases: once we have identified the problem we move on to observation, ideation, planning and prototyping before we can start executing.

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City Designers at your service

The Design Driven City project employs three City Designers. They share their views on their work and on cities from a designer's perspective.

  • Sara Ikävalko
    City Designer

  • Mikko Kutvonen
    City Designer

  • Pablo Riquelme
    City Designer

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Design Driven City carries on the legacy of the design capital year 2012

The aim of Design Driven City is to help shape better and more people-centric cities. The World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 year was a wake up call for cities to consider the possibilities of design. Design Driven City now aims to push cities forward with the help of design tools.

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