We Built This City With Dirt Under Our Fingertails
22.03.2012 - Tommi Laitio
I lectured yesterday about urbanism at Aalto University´s School of Architecture. It made me think of the radical change that has happened in ways we think about life in cities. Still, when I was nine years old, the biggest dairy company Valio ran TV ads where life in the city was described with phrases such as “I had to leave so many genuine things behind“.
Traditionally cities were built for trading and sharing resources. The result – proximity and shared infrastructure – is their greatest sustainability potential. But here in the North we still have a lot to do in adopting urban lifestyles.
Tommi Laitio is a researcher at Finland´s leading independent think tank Demos Helsinki. He is in charge of its World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project Hoas Lab. In his blog, Tommi will look at ways to nudge people towards sustainable and awesome lifestyles. As a political scientist he will also be diving into the deep unknown this spring, as a teacher at the Aalto Department of Architecture.