Nordic Urban Lab is a Nordic gathering of cultural managers and cultural strategists, urbanists and city planners, architects, visual and performance artists, researchers and academics, students, community organisers, urban activists, and environmentalists, to look at alternative culturally based urban strategies and practice.

The three-day seminar on 22.–24.3.2018 in Hanasaari Cultural Center in Espoo includes some 50 key persons and experts, keynotes, lectures, discussions, and workshops. It will give an overview of both current European and Nordic trends and experience as well as focusing on issues, practices and cases in Finland.

Themes of the Nordic Urban Lab will explore some of the key aspects of taking a cultural perspective on the city and on urban strategies and will include; cultural mapping, from temporary to permanent, citizen led initiatives, activism and artivism, pop up and performative architecture, placemaking, do it yourself urbanism, linking urban and cultural strategies, gaming and urbanism, microtopias for visioning, urban tool kits, engaging and empowering citizens, public space as the key, new directions for public art, informal and formal processes – and naturally sessions on cultural planning.

This is the third Nordic Urban Lab, previously held in Copenhagen (2014) and Borås/Gothenburg (2016). One of the overall aims of the labs is to develop a cultural planning tool kit, which can inform and support cities, communities, artists and cultural NGO’s to develop their own practice in the field.

Nordic Urban Lab is organised by Metropolis, an artistic platform focusing on site-specific creation. Københavns Internationale Teater is the organisation behind Metropolis.

Nordic Urban Lab
Hanasaari Cultural Center, Espoo


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Nordic Urban Lab has received funding from Nordisk Kulturfond.


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