A co-creation model for a smart and sustainable city

Thank you for joining us to learn more about the Co-Creation Model for Smart and Sustainable Urban Areas, developed as part of the Horizon 2020 SPARCS (Sustainable energy Positive & zero cARbon CommunitieS) project.

The co-creation model provides tools to support the development of different types of sustainable and smart urban areas in cooperation with city organisations, businesses, educational institutions, research institutes, other organisations and associations, and residents. The model describes the processes, methods and practices that support the development of sustainable and smart urban areas and the implementation of urban solutions at regional level in cooperation with different stakeholders. The co-creation model was shaped by the lessons learned from the development of the City of Espoo’s Kera region in Finland and the views of a wide network of actors. Case studies of the Kera area and the Soukka area were used as examples of how the model can be applied, after which the model was generalised to include a wider range of urban areas. The model is applicable to all urban areas and urban systems identified for development.

The model was developed by the City of Espoo in cooperation with WSP Finland and Korkia Consulting. The model was developed during 2022 in cooperation with various stakeholders. On this website, you can access the toolkit and find approaches for your own urban development projects.

SPARCS project website:

Additional information about the SPARCS project on the City of Espoo’s website:

Jani Tartia ​

Terhi Tikkanen-Lindström ​

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