Helsinki & Ottawa: Learning from Helsinki’s Success

The city of Helsinki is world renowned for its emphasis on design, transportation, and mixed-use development in its city planning. Two of its leading experts were on hand to explore their strategies on how to bring design front and centre.

Matti Visanti, Project Leader for Town Planning, Helsinki, presented his city’s emphasis on mixed-use and detailed ‘smart growth’ planning.
Olli-Pekka Poutanen, Transportation and Traffic Planning Director, Helsinki, discussed Helsinki’s transportation development and traffic planning framework that connects with the goals of the land use plans for the City and surrounding municipalities.