Architectural Democracy

November 22, 2023
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Helsinki built its first 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 on 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 and Mark Linder with rotating guests, produced and airing at the Helsinki Open Waves, at Caisa, in Helsinki, Finland. 

The guest of the seventh episode is Dr. Matti Kuittinen, professor of resource-efficient construction at Aalto University´s Department of Architecture. His scientific work focuses on climate change mitigation by bringing together architecture, engineering, and ecology. Dr. Kuittinen is also a senior specialist at the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, where he develops policies for low-carbon construction and the circular economy. As an architect, he designs carbon-efficient buildings and humanitarian construction.


Producers & Hosts: Pedro Aibéo and Mark Linder
Guest: Matti Kuittinen
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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