Architectural Democracy

March 22, 2023
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Episode 3

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 third episode is Aarni Heiskanen, a Construction Innovation Agent and the Managing Partner at AE Partners. Aarni has a masters degree in architecture, and worked as an architect and architectural R&D manager for over a decade. Gradually, he grew more and more interested in innovative business development. He became an internet entrepreneur and, later on, a certified management consultant (CMC).
Today, he is the co-owner of AE Partners, an AEC innovation agency. He has authored business books, including The Management Consulting Blueprint, and written articles for local and international publications, e.g. ISACA Journal and Global Construction Review


Producer & Host: Pedro Aibéo
Guest: Aarni Heiskanen
Sound recording, editing & live streaming: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded 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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