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Most Liveable Cities: Helsinki

Aug 15-23, 2020

8 days | Finland | Most Liveable Cities

WITH KEN AND ETI GREENBERG

We had a chance to spend some time in Helsinki two years ago hosted by the city and came away enormously impressed. We were struck by its beauty and grace, the celebration of its spectacular natural setting, the generosity and care given to maintaining its public spaces, its walkability and commitment to inclusion in its neighbourhoods. Quality design and the presence of arts and culture were everywhere evident from the smallest details to architecture and city form.

We are in the midst of a major shift in the life of our cities, growing vertically, getting denser and learning how to live together at closer quarters, dealing with issues of affordability, congestion, climate readiness, how to provide and maintain great public spaces and social service for the whole population. We have lots to figure out and are learning from each other as cities around the world make these adjustments and respond to new challenges. Helsinki exhibited an inventiveness in facing these challenges and an embrace of the future informed by a human-centred urbanism with a commitment to social equity, public education and life in public that resonated with us. Despite many very significant differences there seemed to be significant shared values with Canadian cities and our own city Toronto that made us feel that there was much more to learn and understand that would be inspirational in our own efforts.

This tour has been designed to provide the opportunity to dive more deeply with a chance to meet local people and experience neighbourhood and city life firsthand. You will visit places of culture, business and recreation, explore the city on foot and on transit, and meet with many people who are making a difference. These individuals are in government, in the private sector, or are citizens and NGOs. They are individually and collectively shaping buildings and neighbourhoods, building remarkable new structures and urban spaces, revitalizing older areas, and creating new ones.We will about hear their experiences and get some sense of what it might be like to live there, learn about both successes and challenges, and the lessons learned in wrestling with issues like housing affordability and integration of newcomers, mobility and congestion, and innovations in dealing with waste, energy and climate change.

We are all participating in a collective learning curve and no one city has a monopoly on the answers. But we are inspired by the ways we see how others tackle similar issues to reflect on our own places practices and see and how we might do better. Finally there is the sheer pleasure of experiencing city life off the beaten tourist path at close quarters in another environment, the sights, the sounds, the tastes and the feeling of being in unique city like Helsinki. We hope you will consider joining us on this voyage of discovery.
Most Liveable Cities Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$4950
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants
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What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar, meals as noted in the itinerary, all ground transportation, a full program of activities and presentations with local contributors, all entrance fees, fully escorted by Ken and Eti Greenberg.

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Helsinki
2Public spaces, shared services
3Mixed-income neighbourhoods
4Saunas, active transportation
5Integrating new technologies
6Role of public education
7Day trip to Tallinn
8Mixed use settings
9Depart Helsinki
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Your Tour Leader

Ken Greenberg is an architect, urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over three decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning.

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Most Liveable Cities Cultural Explorations
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. C$4950
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar, meals as noted in the itinerary, all ground transportation, a full program of activities and presentations with local contributors, all entrance fees, fully escorted by Ken and Eti Greenberg.

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