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MOTEL OUT OF THE BLUE

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Dutch designers Maartje Dros and Francois Lombarts have converted a construction site into a temporary conference space over the summer 2009. The project “Motel out of the Blue” was created into a half-constructed building in Ijburg, Amsterdam, while the construction … Read More

THE TALE OF THE YELLOW HOUSE

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During the summer 2009, Linz celebrated its year as a European Capital of Culture, with a bright yellow temporary landmark. The ”Bellevue” temporary cultural center was built on a spot visible from far away: a new park atop of the … Read More

URBAN SELF BUILDERS

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First Arabianranta, next Jätkäsaari, soon North Helsinki… Urban housing constructions by independent associations are slowly becoming reality also in Helsinki. A desire to build one’s own house is deep rooted in Finnish mentality. In urban surroundings, however, one may not … Read More

CINEMA LALIBELA

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In the context of London Design Festival 2009, AA school grad students presented a pop-up installation with a portable, self sufficient cinema. This giant glow-worm structure was originally designed for an Ethiopian town, Lalibela. In December 2008, the Lalibela Cinema … Read More

URBAN FARMING

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Food safety is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the world. How can we ensure availability of food, lower the environmental and moral impacts of its production and provide affordable, healthy and tasty ingredients for our meals also in the future? … Read More

INTERESTING HELSINKI

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The first ever Interesting Helsinki event was held yesterday at Korjaamo cultural factory. It gathered together creative-minded people to speak about what they are interested at the moment. A truly inspiring evening with a good flow of thought and free … Read More

THE BLUE FENCE PROJECT

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I found this project at dezeen.com, one of my favourite architecture blogs. A London design students’ group StudioSuperniche is designing an “Olympic Legacy Toolkit”, a set of temporary structures made of the blue plywood fence that has surrounded the London … Read More

A SOFT STATEMENT

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Could there be a more sympathetic way to reclaim urban space than knitted graffiti? These tree-sweaters and lamppost-legwarmers can be spotted in Alppipuisto, Helsinki.  

MAKE YOUR OWN FILM FESTIVAL

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In between two of the autumn’s biggest film festivals in Helsinki region – right after last month’s Espoo Ciné and just before Love and Anarchy – a small yet significant film festival Merihätä (Maritime emergency) was arranged at Bio Rex.

POST-PALAST

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After the demolition of the Palast der Republik – a former symbol of GDR regime and a contradictory topic of discussion for years – Berlin has succeeded to turn this central spot by the Spree into a place that can be … Read More

NEW FORMS OF PARTICIPATION

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If you decide to move to a newly built area in Helsinki in the upcoming decades, you might rub your eyes when you receive a postcard with greetings from the past.  

KALASATAMA TEMPORARY

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The Varjosatama – Shadow Harbour exhibition and birthday party by Napa Illustrations was one of the first events this autumn at Kalasatama, presenting asphalt paintings by illustrators from Helsinki. This former harbour area in eastern Helsinki is now a huge empty … Read More

DIY BAUHAUS

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What is associated with Bauhaus today? Which Bauhaus are we talking about? Is it a style, a design brand, a university? A hardware store for DIY builders? A socially aware ideology of art for the masses – later actually put … Read More

URBAN DREAM MANAGEMENT: THE ORIGINS

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The concept Urban Dream Management derives from my master’s thesis for architecture (Helsinki University of Technology, 2008). The work discusses the revitalising of residual urban spaces through the means of temporary uses and events, and new ways of promoting public … Read More

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