Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 6:00pm
The Open Stage, 757 Swanston Street, University of Melbourne

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ABP Agenda profiles and people and practices transforming our modern world. This May we are joined by Bryan Boyer and Justin W. Cook from Helsinki Design Lab, an initiative of Sitra to present a free public lecture on two key projects and encourage conversations around the concept of strategic design and the 'architecture of problems'.

What's the model to transition an existing city to carbon neutrality? How will we redesign entire cities when we can scarcely agree on small developments in our own neighborhood? Helsinki Design Lab sees these as some of the most pressing design challenges of our time. Over the past four years we've been applying strategic design to assist decision-makers at local and national levels in Finland to see the 'architecture of problems.' They assist decision-makers to view challenges from a big-picture perspective, and provide guidance toward more complete solutions that consider all aspects of a problem. This talk will include concrete examples from their work in Finland focusing on sustainable urban development, entrepreneurship, and social welfare. It will also introduce strategic design more broadly.

Bryan will discuss Brickstarter, a book by Bryan Boyer and Dan Hill (edited by Dr. Rory Hyde) which looks at how crowdsourcing and crowdfunding could be applied to the built environment. Justin will speak about another project called Low2No, a sustainable urban development project in Helsinki initiated by Sitra.

Bryan Boyer advises companies and governments on innovative development initiatives. At Sitra his main project was Helsinki Design Lab, an internationally recognised platform for strategic design and social innovation. Previously Bryan has worked as an entrepreneur and programmer in Silicon Valley and as a freelance architect. His projects have been cited in Wallpaper, Monocle, ID Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Guardian among others. Boyer is a regular author and speaker on topics of design, entrepreneurship, culture and public innovation. He holds a Master of Architecture degree fromthe Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.



 Justin W. Cook is Sitra's academic liaison for the US and serves as the organisation's Sustainable Development Lead. He helped design and build the Low2No Sustainable Urban Development initiative and manage its implementation. He is Helsinki Design Lab's expert on energy, carbon and sustainability. Currently he is helping Sitra better align its endowment with its mission by developing ways to place capital in businesses, projects and funds that generate measurable social and environmental impact together with financial return. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.