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THE QUIET REVOLUTION OF GREEN TRAVEL

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While our modes of consumption are becoming more sustainable and slow lifestyles are gaining interest, also the ways we travel are finding new forms. The cure to travel fever might be closer than you think: exploring the neighboring small town, … Read More

IN SEARCH OF RURAL DREAMS

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During the Easter weekend, Urban Dream Management had a chance to do a bit of local travel, driving through small countryside towns of Central Finland. In the foggy weather of early spring, the landscapes were quiet and meditative, not many … Read More

CES: THE NEW LOCAL MONEY

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Can money be a way of doing good and building community? Apparently yes, when returned to its roots as a tool of direct exchange. The Community Exchange System (CES) is a new model of local economy and social service, in … Read More

LEARNING FROM COPENHAGEN

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How can we do our share in tackling climate change and contribute to positive changes? How do we look at the situation – as an inconvenient problem or rather as a new challenge that could be a start to new … Read More

KICKSTART FOR 8-BIT CITIES

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Kickstarter is one example of the great inventions of the Internet era: a clever funding platform for creative projects: artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, adventurers – or almost anything. One of the most recent examples is the “8-Bit Series” … Read More

A DECADE OF URBAN DREAMS

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Urban Dream Management has been taking a long winter nap, travelling around and creating visions for the new decade. In Helsinki, we have been enjoying the most beautiful and rare winter wonderland since ages, which also sets a totally new … Read More

POSTCARDS FROM POST-EAST #3

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Eisenhüttenstadt, 21 November 2009, I went to Eisenhüttenstadt once again this weekend but didn’t get a chance to see more than the incredibly vast reaches of the brand new paper mill that flanks the railroad from Frankfurt an der Oder. … Read More

SUBURBAN DREAMS

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A tip for an excursion into Helsinki suburbs: Take the local train (or bike) northward and go visit the library of Tapulikaupunki. At this local library currently under threat of abolishment, an exhibition presents art made by local teenagers, under … Read More

POSTCARDS FROM POST-EAST #2

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Eisenhüttenstadt 21 October 2009 If I would be a serious deltiologist (i.e. someone who collects postcards) the topic of urban renewal would be one of my favorites. Cards are as rare as exciting as they record a development which is … Read More

POSTCARDS FROM POST-EAST #1

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Eisenhüttenstadt, 28 September 2009 So I took a Sunday train, filled with hikers and bikers on their way to the calm lakes east of Berlin, and arrived in a placidly sunlit Eisenhüttenstadt around noon. The trees already wore the seasonal … Read More

POSTCARDS FROM POST-EAST

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Urban Dream Management presents a new series of postcard-based blogging. In this series, German blogger Ben Kaden depicts moments and changing scenes from places that used to belong to East German territory, and which 20 years ago shifted from the socialist … Read More

REMEMBER TO BREATHE

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This statement was found woven into a wire mesh fence in Kurvi, Helsinki. Well visible from the windows of a new restaurant across the street, the fence now carries an important message: “Remember to breathe”. A friendly version of graffiti, … Read More

PEKKA AFTER PECHA

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Following the success of Pecha Cucha and this autumn’s newcomer Interesting Helsinki, the field of design talks in Helsinki has seen the landing of even two newcomers this week. Here, we will skip TEDxHelsinki and focus on a much smaller, … Read More

FUEL FOR THOUGHT

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During one afternoon walk in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, I ran across an old gas station that has been turned into art space. A perfect example of the surprises Berlin has to offer for an occasional urban drifter, but also a … Read More

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