Maunula Staircase

Maunula Staircase is an event on the collaborative futures of the neighbourhood realised in dialogue between local people. Participants from local groups and communities - young and older, those working as volunteers, at offices or without work - have been invited to share their experience in the discussion.  

The event pays tribute to Maunula's long collaborative tradition, while opening up  perspectives to new forms of collectivity as global and local changes affect the neighbourhood. What could community, care and democracy mean for Maunula in the 2020s?  Can we find ways for the various groups to engage with each other and commit to collective action?

Maunula Staircase

Staircases are potential urban meeting points, where people often just pass by each other. In Maunula Staircase, this space is taken over for encounters and dialogue.

Over 20 people take part in the 6-hour-long discussion facilitated by a group of moderators. The discussion proceeds as a chain so that each guest takes part in two dialogues, with the previous and following person. The discussed themes include local democracy and open spaces, housing and food, the meaning of urban forests, encountering difference and local futures.

The event is recorded on video and it can be followed in real time online and at the Maunula house Akvaario space. Based on the talks, a special annex to the Maunulan Sanomat local newspaper 1/2020 will be edited.


Maunula Staircase is realised by Jeanne van Heeswijk in collaboration with Iida Nissinen, Emmi Komlosi, Jemina Lindholm, Vishnu Vardhani, Kalle Kuisma, Eero Yli-Vakkuri and Minna Tarkka, and generously supported by the participating speakers.

The project is an iteration of The City Staircase originally developed by Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht in 2019 as part of the Public Faculty series of dialogues in public space. The event is produced by m-cult in collaboration with Publics and Maunula communities. It is made possible by support from Helsinki City and the Kone Foundation (Lauttasaari manor residency).

Maunula Staircase, 26.11.2019 12-18, Maunula House, Helsinki