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Challenge / Goal

The development of sustainable and smart districts involves many actors, developers, networks, and complex cause-and-effect relationships. New ways of co-development are needed to link all of these together. Traditional solutions and practices might not be enough for such a complex environment.
Alliance contracting models in construction projects usually regard parties that are involved during the construction phase of certain buildings. They usually do not incorporate the opinion and views of citizens, educational- and research institutions, or other such organisations, nor do they consider the development of larger areas / districts. 

The main goal of the co-creation model is to have a clear, illustrative and systematic presentation of how to develop sustainable and smart urban areas (districts, or blocks) in collaboration between the city, companies, educational institutions, research institutes, other organisations, and residents. The model not only seeks to explore how common goals for sustainable and smart solutions can be defined together with different stakeholders, but also how these solutions can be integrated into different stages of the urban planning process. 


1.) The starting point for a successful cooperation is to develop a common strategy and common goals. A consultant agency is hired to lead the development process of the co-creation model.
2.) During the first phase, a co-creation model for the Kera district will be created. After its implementation, a general co-creation model for the whole city of Espoo will be developed.
3.) Once the co-creation models are created, there will be a communication phase to introduce the models to different stakeholders within as well as outside the city organisation. 

Citizen participation

The aim is active involvement of relevant stakeholders, with citizens being an important aspect of this. 


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Time period

Planning time: 2 to 5 years

Implementation time: 6 months to 1 year


City of Espoo and Subcontractor

Service providers

City of Espoo

End users

City of Espoo; Landowners; Citizens and other Stakeholders

    Main benefits

  • Facilitating citizen engagement

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