Architectural Democracy

April 3, 2024
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Helsinki built its 1st skyscraper but wants to be carbon free by 2035, Dubai imports all its sand from Australia to build its skyscrapers, the concrete for your house starts to decay after 30 years, and it has been a democracy, not a dictatorship, who has just built the biggest statue ever of a man, in India.

The kind of people we want to be is the kind of cities we should be designing for. So who decides about that and our future? Is this a science? For whom are we designing the city? Who owns my city? 

Join us in the Architectural Democracy podcast, where we will take a critical look at these matters so that you can re-discover your own city and be a real part of it.

Architectural Democracy is a monthly podcast hosted by Pedro Aibéo with rotating guests, produced and airing at the Helsinki Open Waves, at Caisa, in Helsinki, Finland. 

The guest of the tenth episode is Antti Kaski, the Ambassador of Finland to Colombia, Panama and the Dominican Republic. He is Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland in Bogotá. The Embassy is also responsible for relations with Venezuela.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Kaski served as the Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of Finland Berlin (2017-2021) and as the Director for Policy Planning and Research in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (2013-2017). He has also served in Finland’s Embassy in Vienna, also covering relations to Slovakia and Slovenia, and in Finland’s Representations to the European Union in Brussels (EU external relations incl. as Deputy Representative to the Political and Security Committee) and to the United Nations in Vienna (UN Office on Drugs and Crime and arms control).

From 2010 to 2013, he was Senior Research Fellow and Diplomatic Advisor at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. In Finland’s Foreign Ministry, Kaski also worked at the Security Policy Unit of the Political Department (EU security and defence policy, Nato and general security policy) and the Unit for Trade Policy of the Department for External Economic Relations (EU trade policy, trade and development).

Kaski has a doctorate in International Politics (University of Turku, Finland). He has lectured and published inter alia on European security, global governance, and the EU. His hobbies include reading, hiking and playing the clarinet.


Producers and hosts: Pedro Aibéo and Mark Linder
Guest: Antti Kaski
Sound recording and editing: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded and edited at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

**The views expressed in this audio piece and texts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of Helsinki Open Waves.  

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