Architecture in Helsinki
…is something Nurri and I will be seeing a whole lot more of: I’ve accepted a role as Head of Design Direction with Nokia’s design staff, with a remit for the service and user interface domain, and will be moving there in August.
It’s kind of a plum gig, as it would have had to be to lure me away from the life and the city I love. I’ll be working on some terribly exciting and important problems, with people for whom I have a tremendous amount of admiration (and in many cases personal fondness of long standing), in a context where our efforts together might actually make a difference.
Needless to say, this is not the kind of move one contemplates lightly. As it happens, though, we both fell in love with Helsinki when we spoke at Aula two summers ago, and have often discussed spending more time there. So when this incredible opportunity came along, I can fairly say I jumped at it. It just felt like the stars were aligning, you know?
I have many people to thank – you know who you are – without whose efforts none of this would be possible, or would be nearly as enticing. And, of course, a big stack of obligations and commitments to discharge before moving, including finishing this book I’m writing. It’s obviously going to be a hectic couple of months.
Something tells me, though, that for most of that time I’m going to be sporting a big, stupid grin. I cannot wait to see what happens next.
- What I’m working on lately: Practices of the minimum viable utopia (long) 17 April 2014
- Urban data wrapup 15 April 2014
- Urban data: From fetish object to social object | 14th March 2014 at LSE Cities 27 February 2014
- Two recent interviews 24 February 2014
- TFTD 23 February 2014
Being discussed now
- Douglas Meehan on What I’m working on lately: Practices of the minimum viable utopia (long)
- London on Urban data: From fetish object to social object | 14th March 2014 at LSE Cities
- Frameworks for citizen responsiveness, enhanced... on Frameworks for citizen responsiveness, enhanced: Toward a read/write urbanism
- LSE Urban Data conference – write up | Sjors Timmer on Urban data: From fetish object to social object | 14th March 2014 at LSE Cities
- AG on “Against the smart city” now available for purchase in Kindle