Helsinki Design Week 2018: For the City Developers

Are you looking to get more information about how Helsinki is being developed as a city? Browse through here to see Helsinki Design Week’s tips for discussions and workshops where the flow and vivacity of the capital are made even better!

See our full programme here.

Helsinki Design Trust – HDW at the City Hall 

The main venue of Helsinki Design Week 2018 is the City Hall of Helsinki. How is trust seen between the city and its residents? What do Helsinki people have trust in? How can we use design to build trust? We seek answers to these questions as Helsinki Design Week takes over the lobby of the City Hall, filling it with exhibitions, discussions and workshops.

Thursday, 6 September 09:00-19:00
Friday, 7 September 09:00-19:00
Saturday, 8 September 10:00-16:00
Sunday, 9 September 10:00-16:00
Monday, 10 September 09:00-19:00
Tuesday, 11 September 09:00-19:00
Wednesday, 12 September 09:00-19:00
Thursday, 13 September 09:00-19:00
Friday, 14 September 09:00-19:00
Saturday, 15 September 10:00-16:00
Sunday, 16 September 10:00-16:00
Helsinki City Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13


Discussion: An Attractive and Livable Helsinki City Centre 

The vitality of the city centre is being developed in collaboration with the local business community and with residents. Ten design agencies have also been asked to weigh in on the matter and to compose different ideas on how to increase the coziness and functionality of the city. At event, you can view the ideas that have been developed through these conversations. In Finnish.

Thursday, 13 September
Info- ja näyttelytila Laituri
Narinkka 2, Kamppi


World Summit on Digital Built Environment WDBE 2018

The World Summit on Digital Built Environment WDBE 2018 will bring the forerunners of built digital environments to Finlandia House. The event is for any actors in the field, including builders, designers, producers, owners and administrators. Speakers and administrators are expected to participate from over 15 countries. Standard ticket 699€ + VAT, from the site 799€ + VAT. The whole programme and registration is at

Tuesday and Wednesday, 11-12 September
Mannerheimintie 13 E


The DAMY Talks – Discussion MY – DA

Friends of the Design and Architecture Museum (DAMY) will organize an open discussion called ‘DAMY Talks’ with the theme of shared values and shared responsibilities. For instance, discussions include topics such as what kind of built cultural surroundings and object world do we want in the future? The MY-DA event is preceded by the launch of the City of Helsinki Design Manual. In Finnish.

Tuesday, 11 September
Helsinki City Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13


Participatory Spaces – Design Tools in Developing Socially Accessible Spaces

During the day we will discuss how design thinking and social work could share knowledge to create new, socially accessible spaces. The day includes three lectures and a workshop session. The language of the event is Finnish.

Thursday, 6 September
Diak Ammattikorkeakoulu
Kyläsaarenkuja 2


Open Campus

Open Campus welcomes you to Metropolia UAS’ new Arabia campus for design and creative fields of study. The Ready18 exhibition introduces spatial designs as well as product and service concepts by our graduated designers. In open workshops we’ll go deep into the utilization of augmented reality on urban development and the possibilities of the circular economy.

Friday, 7 September 10:00-16:00
Monday, 10 September 10:00-16:00
Tuesday, 11 September 10:00-18:00
Wednesday, 12 September 10:00-18:00
Thursday, 13 September 10:00-18:00
Friday, 14 September 10:00-18:00
Saturday, 15 September 12:00-16:00
Sunday 16, September 12:00-16:00
Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture
Hämeentie 135 D


Tiny House Fair – Bus Tour and Workshop

Tiny houses have become a worldwide movement, as the tendency is towards smaller families and more sustainable living. Finnish architects and designers have created practical, ecological and interesting buildings that deserve attention. Dodo’s tiny house bus tour showcases buildings that are designed as suitable for dwelling in all year round. They are near the capital region. Participation fee 10€.

Friday, 14 September
Departure in front of Kiasma
Mannerheimin aukio 2