Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the International Design Foundation have agreed on a partnership in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project, with Metropolia becoming one of the official programme providers.
"We are thrilled and proud of being able to work together with the International Design Foundation and contribute our dynamic and extensive expertise to the project. We believe this partnership will further enhance our role in improving wellbeing in the Helsinki metropolitan area, and we want to learn more and get better, too," says Rector Riitta Konkola.
Metropolia is one of the educational institutions taking part in World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, receiving a visible role for its contribution. In return, Metropolia has the right to use the World Design Capital logo and other material as agreed by the parties.
Metropolia's projects related to the Design Capital year put people, ease of use and availability in the forefront. Design planning and implementation is carried out jointly and openly with the locals, aiming for a better environment for us to live in.
Design projects to be implemented within the project include a walking frame for children; Hspace, a project for new spaces for learning and leisure that combine combining physical and digital presence; and Liikkuvan Arjen Design ("daily transportation design"), which will create environmentally viable solutions concerning public transport, cycling and pedestrianism, thereby serving city planning, increasing safety and encouraging people to walk, cycle or use more public transport.
"Metropolia is engaged as part of World Design Capital projects in exciting cooperation across a number of sectors with local designers and parties that use design services, such as the public sector and local businesses," says Päivi Fredriksson, Director of the Design degree programme.
• Päivi Fredriksson, Director of the Design degree programme, tel. +358 (0)20 783 5422, email@example.com