Functional City for People

It is estimated that by 2050 up to 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. New solutions are required for sustainable development of cities.

The aim of the innovation hub - Functional City for People - is to bring together regional, national and international stakeholders from the academia, industry, public sector and civil society to learn together and co-create innovations to make life better for us all. Together we can bring new solutions to the challenges of urbanisation as well as to grasp new arising opportunities.

The central themes for research and development in Metropolia are

  • Functional, resilient and healthy cities
  • Participation and communality
  • Future work and competences

At the core of our activities are Helsinki XR Center and Turbiini where new ideas become innovations.

  • Nainen käyttää virtuaalilaseja

    Helsinki XR Center - the gateway to Finnish VR and AR

    XR Center is an incubator for talent, an inspiring cultural hub of co-creation and learning for artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, students and enthusiasts. The aim is to create an XR hub, where students and other operators can come together with XR experts, collaborators, companies and visitors. Read more on Helsinki XR Center

  • Turbiini

    Turbiini supports students to become entrepreneurs. The students can develop and test their business ideas in Turbiini business incubator. After Turbiini they can start their business as part of Helsinki XR Center. More info on Turbiini coming soon. There is also a specific 10 days 100 challenge program to support youth to become entrepreneurs


  • Augmented Urbans

    Augmented Urbans focuses on making the often complex urban planning processes and scenarios easier to understand by visualizing them with novel extended reality (XR) technologies. Read more on Augmented Urbans project

  • Healthy Boost

    The main objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region cities and social wellbeing of city residents of the BSR through improved – more innovative, effective and integrated – crosssectoral urban policies. Read more on the Healthy Boost project



  • illuminatED - Illuminating Effective Teaching Strategies with the Science of Learning

    A project to empower teachers with cognitive neuroscience informed educational practices. Read more on illuminatED web page

  • Baltic Game Industry

    The project aims towards boosting the game industry in the Baltic Sea region (BSR), granting worldwide competitiveness and increasing the overall capacity for innovation. Read more on Baltic Game Industry

  • ASSET- Audience Segmentation System in European Theatres

    The project develops, tests and provides theatres/performing arts organizations across Europe with the tool and skills to learn about their audiences and utilize the findings to diversify and deepen the relationship with their audiences and creating their artistic [EZ1] program and marketing. Read more on Asset web page

  • Design IT – Erasmus+ project.

    Design It

    Erasmus + funded project aims at encouraging innovation, creativity among Higher Education students supporting them in bringing ideas into action. Our solution is providing Higher Education educators with methods and gamified tools for design thinking. Read more on Design It website

  • Culture Tourism for City Breakers

    Culture Tourism for City Breakers, CTCB, is a Think Tank based co-developer forum for Finnish cities to capture the potential of the international culture tourism environment. Read more on CTCB web pages

  • Re:start – Skills, degrees and work

    ESR funded  project aims to promote employment of young people under the age of 30. Read more on the Re:start web page



  • Finnish Design Academy – Reforming Finnish Design Education

    Project develops a new kind of collaboration model that aim to strengthen the role of university level design education at the Finnish innovation ecosystem. The goal is to develop designer’s skillset so that it better answers to the needs and demands of working life nowadays and in the future. Read more on the Finnish Design Academy web pages

  • StageRight

    The objective of the StageRight project is to improve the supply and the quality of education in the live performance field. The primary objective of the project is to develop an extramural education system, in which the employees in the field could complete parts of degrees and diplomas. Read more on the StageRight web pages