No unused public space!

POC FlexiSpace, Helsinki- FI

No unused public space!

What do you wish to do? Rehearse with your salsa amateur group? Create music with your jazz band made-up of friends? What you need is the city’s new online reservation system. A platform that is organised by activities and offers, in a user-friendly way, free booking of any available public resource that citizens may need.

Flexi Spaces service 

Kalasatama, Helsinki’s ‘smart city’ neighbourhood, has experimented with an online service that lets people find and book temporarily unused and available public and private spaces. The neighbourhood, a former harbour, has been constructed as a living lab for smart and sustainable innovations. The city is well known for including design in all its governance processes since it was chosen as the World Design Capital in 2012. In a close collaboration with the startup Flextila,Flexi Space was developed, a service that allows people to find and use spaces for a wide range of activities. Once a space is booked through the online service, users get access through a self-service mechanism involving a smart lock. There is great potential in expanding the service, allowing people to book not only temporary locations, but also spaces in other city-owned locations such as schools and libraries, as well as privately owned spaces in residential or office buildings.

REFILL the city 

REFILL the city is an URBACT Action Planning network of partnering cities including Amersfoort, Athens, Bremen, Cluj, Ghent (lead partner), Helsinki, Nantes, Ostrava, Poznan and Riga. For 3 years, between 2015 and 2018, its goal has been to unite experimented cities with temporary uses and developed tools, such as legislation, funds, financial tools, agencies, networks, digital platforms and so on.

  • Porteurs de projet/Project holders :ville de / cityofHelsinki
  • Acteurs/Stakeholders : Ce cas provient du réseau REFILLcofinancé par l’Union européenne dans le cadre du programme URBACT / This case comes from theREFILLnetwork co-financed by the European Union through the URBACT programme
  • Crédits photo / photo credits : ville de / cityofHelsinki