Kimmo Lapintie is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the Aalto University. His current fields of interest are communicative planning, argumentation, epistemology and knowledge management in planning, and multi-locality in working and living. Together with his post-doctoral researcher Mina di Marino and vmWork-team in the School of Science, he is currently working in a project CityWorkLife, which studies working in public and semi-private spaces, such as libraries, coffee shops and public open spaces. In his personal projects, he is studying the role of knowledge and knowledge management in planning, derived from a critique of Polanyi and Nonaka. His new project is to study communication and knowledge in the new City Plan of Helsinki.
Lapintie's other research projects include:
- BEMINE (Beyond MALPE coordination, Integrative Envisioning), which deals with the problems of integrating land-use, transportation, services and economic development
- GREENSCOM (Communicating Between Urban Growth and Green) of the EU 5th Framework Program, which was linked to a COST Action C11 (Greenstructures and Urban Planning). (2000–2003)
- Knowledge/Power in Urban Development (Academy of Finland, 2007–2010)
- Governing Life (Academy of Finland, 2002–2004)
- The City and the Planning Professions (Academy of Finland, 1997–2000)
- Ecopolis (Academy of Finland, 1993–1996)
Lapintie has graduated from the University of Turku as Master of Philosophy in 1980 and Licentiate of Philosophy in 1985, his major being theoretical philosophy and minors practical philosophy, economics, and history and theory of art. He graduated as MSc (architecture) in 1989, and PhD (architecture, urban planning) in 1993 from Tampere University of Technology. He worked as a planning consultant for the State planning agency in Vaasa, and owner and planner in the private architecture and engineering office Plan-Ark Ltd in 1989-1993. In 1993-1996 he worked as the Principal Investigator in the project Ecopolis, funded by the Academy of Finland. In 1997-1999 he was the Research Director of the Centre of Urban and Regional Studies in the Helsinki University of Technology, and from 1999 he has worked as professor of urban and regional planning at the Department of Architectrure, first in Helsinki University of Technology (until 2009), and in Aalto University since then.