Arki people study, design and develop emerging content, formats, infrastructures and practices of digital media in everyday life. Our focus is in applications and services for communities and their social spaces. We are interested in strategies for active participation of wide variety of stakeholders in formal and informal design process (aka= co-design). We want to influence the design of new technologies and services (media and software intensive) towards more open and communal ways of doing and being.

Discussing the production, circulation and attribution of visual ideas with creative practicioners (2015 ecreative)

Discussing the production, circulation and attribution of visual ideas with creative practitioners using Culturecam prototype (2015 )

Ongoing projects:

Co-design, Digital Storytelling and Geographic Information (CODsgi): Explores transdisciplinary methods for the study and fostering of community building, place making and storytelling. This is a joint project with the University of Helsinki, Aalto ENG and Japanese partners at Tokyo university (Funded by the Finnish Academy).

Europeana Creative: an European project which enables and promotes greater re-use of cultural heritage resources by diverse communities. Europeana Creative sets the stage for collaborations between content-providing cultural heritage institutions and stakeholders in the education, tourism, social networks and design sectors. Arki is in charge of the Design Challenge ( and other creative experiments documented in this blog 😉

EUScrenXL: The project seeks to promote and maximize awareness for a shared Pan-European audiovisual content policy among archives, heritage institutions and broadcasters across Europe and increase the online presence of digitized audiovisual heritage in Europeana, the European digital library ( An important objective is to provide strategies for durable use of digital audiovisual heritage and raise awareness of historical television content for diverse groups of users. (2013-2015 Funded by EU)

A Citizen Toolkit as Urban Commons:  The project explores the gap between the way city officials and planners work and the way digitally supported citizen self-organization is taking place. What kind of services support the needs of self-organized groups? How can such services be sustainable? ( (Funded by Aalto Service Factory)

KaToHan: Focuses on researching and developing a model for the Helsinki area urban management. The model is based on urban informatics provided by different electronic structures and systems, and by citizens through e.g. social media. Our part deals with bringing the citizens voice to the research by organizing collaborative activities, such as a workshops between citizens and project partners. This is a joint research project with Aalto ENG and five other organization partners. (more info in Finnish) (Funded by TEKES)

Redesign of Society: Utopian thinking, design and social change are the central themes of this initiative that for now includes a study project (See FB group)

Mapping Helsinki Commons (2013) at Aalto Media factory. co-p2p SIG

Infrastructuring the commons? The initiative inquires on the relationship of the current discourse on the commons, to emerging art, design and planning practices; specifically those engaged actively with collaborative digital media. As part of this line of work we have held a seminar on the topic on 2013 and many workshops in different conferences (Funded partly by Aalto Service Factory)

Projects we are wrapping up:

CoMeUp: Collaborative Media content creation for Urban Planning
(2012-2013 Funded by Aalto Media Factory) (Project website)

UmPro – Urban Media Prototyping: The initiative aims at exploring collaborations between creative technology and media, participatory art, and urban design communities via placemaking and urban media interventions (prototypes) that explore civic engagement. (2013 Funded by Aalto Media Factory)

Aalto Apps & Os: The project  develops a platform for integrating service and application innovations that spring up as part of campus activities (e.g. via courses and study projects) with the resources and ideas of the wider campus community; students in the different campuses, local community, staff, startups, etc. The platform provides an opportunity to study the dynamics of open, collaborative, experimental distributed design and development projects. (2013 Funded by Aalto Service Factory)
(Project website)

Past projects

At Media Lab Demo Day, spring 2008


Commons (co&p2p SIG)

The special interest group (SIG) in co-p2p works with issues related to commons, co-creation, co-governance and peer-to-peer production. Members represent a variety of disciplines and backgrounds with-in Aalto University. The SIG acts an informal platform to share knowledge and create activities to raise awareness of these themes with-in Aalto University and its surrounding community.

The COMMUNIA Thematic Network goal is to support  theoretical analysis and strategic policy discussion of existing and emerging issues concerning the public domain in the digital environment.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation enabling people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. Creative Commons provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof. ARKI supports Creative Commons Finland community, created the website and participates actively in the discussion. We are interested in influencing the need to redesign intellectual property regimes.

COST298: Participation in Broadband society
Networked focused on create new knowledge about users’ creativity and to facilitate their empowerment in a broadband information society. COST is an intergovernmental framework for funding European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research. COST98 website

COST269: User aspects of ICTs
This action focused on the user aspects of Information and Communication Technologies. In September 2003 COST269 and ARKI arranged together the conference “The Good, the Bad and the Irrelevant” in the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Please visit the Good|Bad|Irrelevant online environment for more details. If you join the site, you will be able to download conference papers. COST is an intergovernmental framework for funding European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research. COST269 website

Trying out Fusion platform for sharing and producing audiovisual material (2008)