I strive for a city which values the environment, equality, fun city life and transparent government
in which all citizens can participate, whatever their background.
I’m running for city council for the first time in Helsinki. During the current election cycle, I
have been part of Espoo’s building committee and a trustee of the city’s property office. I am a
trained architect who specialises in urban planning, and I’m currently working on a doctoral thesis
on land use and participatory urban planning.
Previously, I worked for the City of Helsinki urban
planning department and I was in charge of area planning for Kruununhaka. I also worked on developing
walkability and outdoor environments in the city center and Helsinkiwide, and worked with infill
building plans. I also run a small florist business alongside my other work.
I live in Lauttasaari with my partner, our dog Selma, and three wonderful housemates. In my spare
time, I like walking in the woods with my dog, gardening, and playing board and video games.
A Beautiful and Sustainable Helsinki
Everyone in Helsinki deserves a beautiful and green living environment which is built and
repaired in an environmentally friendly way.
What is beautiful is more sustainable! Let’s invest in the quality of building
and make new houses and neighborhoods such that we want to cherish them for the next couple
hundred years. Helsinki needs more ambitious climate action. The building industry
and especially building with reinforced concrete creates a huge amount of emissions, which
requires fast and tangible action. Let’s renovate existing buildings instead of demolishing
them, let’s build more with wood, and let’s make better environments for walking and more
green spaces in the city!
Helsinki’s diverse natural environments are immensely important for the wellbeing of
people, animals and ecosystems. I’m writing a doctoral thesis in a project that studies the
health and wellbeing impacts of urban green areas and accessibility. Through this work, I have
become even more convinced of the need for more green spaces in cities’ central areas. Nature
and parks provide a place to breathe in the city, they cool the environment during the summer
heat, they absorb urban runoff water, they provide opportunities for play and leisure, and
they are the most beloved parts of the city. Let’s treasure nature in the city and bring in more green!
An Equitable and Accessible Helsinki
Helsinki’s environment and services need to be accessible and safe for all. In a
functional city, you can move effortlessly and safely with a wheelchair as well as a bicycle,
with a stroller or a suitcase, all year round. Accessibility needs to be improved not only
on the physical aspects of the city but also especially in social, healthcare and digital
services. For example, accessing mental healthcare services is much too difficult at the
moment, and the risk of services ending suddenly is much too great, especially for those
in difficult situations. This has to change.
The development of different parts of the city must be based on their existing
strengths, communities and identities. Helsinki has diverse and unique areas that
have distinct challenges and needs for their development and which can’t be solved with
one-size-fits-all solutions. There needs to be support for residents’ activities and events,
for example by making it possible for them to use spaces and common areas in a flexible manner.
The development of the different areas’ identities has to be supported by involving residents
and local actors in planning. It’s also important to ensure that development projects displace
existing residents and businesses.
The equality of different parts of the city needs to be promoted by ensuring that
resources are divided fairly and that they prevent for example gaps between schools’ results
and capacities. In the 1990s, Helsinki was a forerunner in preventing economic and
social segregation. The same procedures still work, as long as Helsinki’s ambitious goals
are realised also when developing existing residential areas, not only when creating new
ones. It is important to continue to prevent the growth of the gap between different
schools’ learning results by directing additional resources to the schools with the most