Luca Picardi took part in Helsinki Design Week 2016 and developed a project called ‘Familiar'; a design research publication exploring patterns of mimicry in urban regeneration projects across Europe. Image (C) Luca Picardi.
Luca Picardi took part in Helsinki Design Week 2016 and developed a project called ‘Familiar'; a design research publication exploring patterns of mimicry in urban regeneration projects across Europe. Image (C) Luca Picardi. 

Helsinki is undergoing a phase of growth and change that will affect its makeup and context in the coming years. This context provides a fresh opportunity to research, understand and challenge the relationships between design practices, urban space, through re-imagining materials, production processes, services and crafts.

As a response to this change and realignment, the Helsinki Design Residency was first established in 2012 during the World Design Capital programme in Helsinki. It is for UK-based practitioners, who work at the intersections of art, design and architecture, and who have an interest in critical investigations and interventions into what constitutes design innovation. The British Council, in partnership with the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), the Helsinki Design Week (HDW) and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture seeks applications from practitioners to participate in a residency programme in Helsinki which will coincide with the HDW. 

Further details on the Helsinki Design Residency 2017 and on how to apply next year can be found in the external links section below. 

In 2016, the residency was completed by Luca Picardi. Read about his experiences on the British Council Design website

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