Circular Sauna. Image: Planetary Architecture

Circular Sauna

Circular Sauna is a frontrunner project to create a carbon-neutral, sustainable sauna experience.  The sauna is heated with biowaste which is processed to biogas with a  biodigester. The sauna combines the ecological sauna concept by RaivioBumann, innovative wooden architecture by architect Pekka Pakkanen (Planetary Architecture) and biogas-engineering by Niko Rolamo. We will release more news in January!

LightSwing exhibited in Poland

 The LightSwing is exhibited in DESIGN IN PUBLIC SPACE. THE NORTH WIND DOES BLOW… exhibition in Poland, Zamek Cieszyn centre for material culture and design 12.12.2021–27.02.2022.

“The projects and best practices presented here translate into a series of solutions that may serve as an inspiration to introduce change in the nearest surroundings. These projects are meant to ensure safety, improve comfort, provide access to clean air and warmth, and facilitate physical activity. The north wind may blow and there may be snow, but this only widens the scope of opportunities. Let’s remember, though, that winters as we know them – with wind, snow, frost, and crystal-clear air – are becoming but a memory. Perhaps this year we won’t treat winter only as a passage to spring?” The curator of the exhibition is Anna Kaleta.

Parkly – happy places, liveable cities

We founded Parkly to fast-track the transformation of public places and to accelerate sustainable urban change. We believe that happy places and happy people go hand in hand. 

Parkly transforms public places with a modular, scalable solution, by creating a platform for hanging out and enjoying the urban greenscape. It a platform for co-creation and participation. Read more about Parkly’s first adventurous year here. 

Design Festival Bern 2022: Guest country Finland

Päivi Raivio and Daniel Bumann are curating the Gastland Finnland Exhibition for Design Festival Bern. The concept of the exhibition has four main themes: New Traditions; Slow Living; Service for Happier Life and The Future is Here – with an emphasis on young designers and innovative, sustainable solutions. 

Virta – public art work will be built in Lahti in 2022

Our proposal Virta won the first prize for a public art competition in 2019 organised by the city of Lahti and YIT for a park in Ruoriniemi residential area. Virta aims to bring life and an active, strong identity for the park. The stream of logs can be viewed from the upper floors of the surrounding residential buildings. Virta invites people to walk, balance and sit on the colored logs – and to encounter others. Read more.

Placemaking Leader 2021

Päivi from RaivioBumann is joining the group of Placemaking Leaders for 2021. The leaders  help push the growth the Placemaking Europe network all over Europe and act as a connector, and spark for their country’s placemaking initiatives.


Welcoming places for all 

Our City? Countering exclusion in public space -book (Stipo 2019) covers topics such as gentrification, touristification, inclusion and desigining with people and many more. Our placemaking project for Lähiöprojekti Meri-Rastilamme  is introduced as a local case study of how to turn an unwelcoming public square into an inclusive place for all.

The book is now out and can be ordered via this link.