The Welfare City

The Welfare City

Course dates:
4 August, 2015 to 20 August, 2015
640 EUR
Application deadline:
Friday, 31 July, 2015
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland


This Helsinki Summer School course takes a look at the welfare city as a sustainable model of urban development. A welfare city, such as Helsinki, promotes the wellbeing of its citizens, sustains a balance between the needs of both nature and the people, and responds to social and ecological awareness alike. Or does it? The course uses lectures, workshops and excursions in Helsinki to examine what makes the Finnish capital a welfare city.

Learning objectives

During the three weeks of the course, the students and teachers will analyse how a welfare city works. For example, how should we organise housing, social services and urban planning in a liveable welfare city? What has design to do with it? And what helps to make this welfare city sustainable?



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Contact information

Please direct any questions concerning the content of this course to the coordinator, Mr. Giacomo Botta, giacomo.botta(at)

Any questions on the general arrangements (accommodation, payments etc.) should be addressed to the Summer School's office at summer-school(at)