New publication out: Tools and cases from Helsinki Innovation Districts

Helsinki Innovation Districts project develops smart city solutions for the needs of neighborhoods and residents. Our new publication places the spotlight on the tools used in five versatile urban areas.

Pleasant and green cities are co-created and co-designed with citizens, stakeholders, and companies. In Helsinki, The Helsinki Innovation Districts project has boosted the smart city development in versatile ways with a wide variety of co-development methods from futures thinking to street space analytics. 

Now, Co-Creating Innovative Districts: Tools for Urban Innovators publication presents the tools used in the project while also giving examples on how the work has been done. Previously, the tools have been utilised in new areas such as Kalasatama and Jätkäsaari but they can easily be applied to other areas as well. In Helsinki, they have recently been successfully used in suburban regeneration areas.

The tools for driving innovation in districts are meant for urban developers and fellow innovators, especially those working with different kinds of urban labs. The methods described are constantly developing, put in use in new ways, and complemented with new tools. 

When you try these or other urban development tools, please share your best experiences with us either via social media @forumvirium or by email at!