AfterCovid.City Helsinki –event 4th of June 3-5 pm
Helsinki Time (UTC+03, CET +1)
Kellohalli, Teurastamo, Helsinki and online

AfterCovid.City Helsinki event brings together a multidisciplinary group of experts, planners and makers to discuss the effects of the covid 19 -pandemic on public space, urban culture and city development. The covid-crisis has highlighted the role of public space and green environments as well as the importance of people flow for a thriving city. In addition to events, most social activities have been on hold and our social bubbles have become even smaller.

To which direction and to whom are cities opening up again after Covid? How can the crisis direct urban development to a more sustainable direction? These and other topics will be explored together in the event with a focus on public space, highlighting the role of placemaking and urban design. 

Ramon Marrades from Placemaking Europe will give a presentation on the role of public space for recovery and how to overcome this crisis using it as an opportunity to better our living conditions and create more inclusive, empowering, healthy, equitable and sustainable environments.

Päivi Raivio from RaivioBumann will give an introduction to Parkly, which is RaivioBumann’s new concept for fast tracking sustainable urban change with a modular, circular tool – and how the concept is connected to post-covid public places worldwide.

Daniel Byström (ArkDes, StreetMoves initiative) will present the “one-minute”-city model, which is transforming streets into hang outs, outdoors gyms and hyper-local community hubs – and more. The goal of Street Moves is to: “Contribute to a sustainable and equitable society with thoughtfully designed urban environments, where everyone has the opportunity to influence the development of the shared environment.”

The presentations are followed up by a panel discussion reflecting on the topics from a Nordic perspective. The discussion will include inspiring inputs from placemakers and changemakers worldwide including Fred Kent (Project for Public Places), Daniel Byström (ArkDes/StreetMoves) and Dr Cara Courage (placemaker and researcher, editor, The Routledge Handbook of Placemaking, Head of Exchange at Tate).

The panelists are:

Elisa Lähde, Head of Sustainable Landscapes (WSP)
Pasi Mäenpää, Researcher (Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies)
Stuba Nikula, Managing director (Helsinki Events)
Linda Wiksten, Urban design manager (YIT)

Preliminary programme:
– Opening words, Päivi Raivio, RaivioBumann/Parkly
– Ramon Marrades, Placemaking Europe
– Parkly – Fast tracking sustainable urban change
– Daniel Byström, ArkDes, StreetMoves
– Panel discussion
– Q & A- Closing comments, Hanna Harris, Design Manager (City of Helsinki)

The event will be streamed online and the opportunity to attend the event physically will be outlined according to the current covid restrictions and rules. Join the event in Zoom:

The event is part of the AfterCovid.City -conference and connects to Placemaking Europe -network. 

The event is organised by  RaivioBumann/Parkly Oy in collaboration with Placemaking Europe -network and AfterCovid.City conference organisers. We also thank Kellohalli for their support.