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Sito’s team victorious in innovation competition in Lahti, Finland

Mokša, an adaptable piece of urban furniture, is a well-crafted and realizable competition entry, which enables the integration of other smart services – such as mobile phone charging, the distribution of information or a base station, into a structure or cabin – commented the competition jury.

The City of Lahti, Lahti Energia and Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd organized the “Elävä Satamaraitti” innovation competition between 29 January and 31 March 2016, as part of the SenCity project funded by Tekes *).

The innovation competition sought services and products that enliven the public environment, to be tested during events such as the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2017 and used later in other mass events. Examples of such innovations include digital applications used to guide spectators or distribute event information, or to design solutions for making the area more comfortable.

The competition jury chose two winners: the light cabin Mokša submitted by Sito’s team, and a digital urban adventure submitted by Observis Oy.

– Mokša is a piece of urban furniture that suits not only dark landscapes but also light urban spaces in summertime. The design of the gates and seats is unique, giving the location an individual character. The gates also act as a landscape element on pedestrian and bicycle pathways and the square, says Sito’s Suvi Saastamoinen on behalf of her team.

Sito’s team included Suvi Saastamoinen, landscape architect and environmental artist, Master of Arts (Art and Design); Simo Lahtinen, industrial designer, Bachelor of Culture and Arts; and Mikko Rikala, industrial designer, Master of Arts (Art and Design).

The SenCity project is a joint project between VTT **), the School of Architecture of the University of Oulu, businesses and cities. In addition to Lahti, the cities of Oulu, Raahe, Helsinki, Tampere and Salo are participating in the project. Funded by Tekes, the project will run until the end of 2017.

*)  Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
**) VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland  Ltd