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Designing Better Life

Helsinki’s programme at Beijing Design Week, held from 18 September–7 October 2021, centres on the theme Designing Better Life. Helsinki presents good design through sustainable and smart solutions for education and urban development.

Good design creates functional solutions for the future and better urban lifestyles. The Designing Better Life programme presents well-designed everyday life through solutions for education and urban development.

Through this programme, Helsinki seeks to strengthen its expertise and reputation as a pioneer in design, education and sustainable urban development, known as an innovative testbed. Helsinki seeks to create opportunities for cooperation and new business for the participating enterprises and other partners.


Helsinki wants to be the best place in the world for learning. Helsinki has boldly reformed teaching, pedagogy and learning environments. Teaching in Helsinki focuses on creative learning that crosses subject boundaries and strengthens the ability of learners to search for and absorb information in a multidisciplinary matter.

Digital learning environments and adaptable teaching spaces, coupled with new architectural solutions, enable new types of learning practices. The Covid-19 pandemic has promoted the digitalization and hybrid models of learning throughout the world.

Urban Development

Helsinki has set an ambitious goal for itself to be a trendsetter in sustainable urban development. Helsinki seeks to be carbon neutral by 2035. A sustainable city is not only ecologically sustainable and environmentally friendly but socially sustainable, egalitarian and pleasant.

Helsinki is also one of the world’s leading smart cities. A functional and sustainable city is created with smart solutions and by developing digital urban services.

China has declared a goal to be carbon neutral by 2060. Helsinki wants to support the achievement of this goal during Beijing Design Week and to share its expertise in smart and sustainable solutions related especially to the built environment, energy conservation and air quality

­Photo: Jussi Hellsten