PhD, EMBA Päivi Sutinen, Director of City as a Service Development-The City of Espoo

GUF EP. 11: From “Smart” Cities to Intelligent Communities: The Espoo Story Päivi Sutinen is the Director for City as a Service Development at the City of Espoo- Finland. In this episode, She will talk to us about the “Espoo Story”, the city strategy of past, present and future vision moving Espoo towards the creation of a “new urban culture,” that lives and grows in a community of trust with a strong network sharing capacity. In recent years, the city of Espoo has emerged as an example of urban innovation in human-centric planning, one of the reasons why in 2018, Espoo was selected the Intelligent Community of the Year. During our talk, Päivi explains the dynamic participatory process behind developing the city with its citizens and describes the methodologies used in the city's co-creative process. We learn from Päivi how the vision of Espoo as a “network city” is linked to its values represented in its polycentric planning of 5-city centers, forgoing the ordinary single-urban centre development structure typical of most cities. So, when asked about the vision for green Espoo, Päivi mentioned that having 5-city centres is something that helps residents live closer to nature. “Each city center is relatively small in size which means that nature is close by” explains Päivi.

Päivi Sutinen is the Director of City as a Service Development at the City of Espoo in Finland. In this episode, She will talk to us about the “Espoo Story”, the city strategy of past, present and future vision moving Espoo towards the creation of a “new urban culture,” that lives and grows in a community of trust with a strong network sharing capacity. In recent years, the city of Espoo has emerged as an example of urban innovation in human-centric planning, one of the reasons why in 2018, Espoo was selected the Intelligent Community of the Year. During our talk, Päivi explains the dynamic participatory process behind developing the city with its citizens and describes the methodologies used in the city’s co-creative process. We learn from Päivi how the vision of Espoo as a “network city” is linked to its values represented in its polycentric planning of 5-city centers, forgoing the ordinary single-urban centre development structure typical of most cities. So, when asked about the vision for green Espoo, Päivi mentioned that having 5-city centres is something that helps residents live closer to nature. “Each city center is relatively small in size which means that nature is close by” explains Päivi.

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