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Posted on July 29, 2010 at 23:38, by pigasus

Airikka is a journalist, which comes in handy. Yle, the national broadcasting, aired a feature of the Aalto City Garden plan on the radio.

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The second meeting

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 23:42, by pigasus

Tuula Isohanni from Aalto University took part in the second grower meeting in Kääntöpaikka. Participation remained modest. Ms. Isohanni was very excited about the idea and had pitched it successfully to the environmental art department.

In the meeting we tried to formulate requirements for the cultivation, all the things we would like it to be. We sketched some plans for the future as well. The Aalto City Garden project must fulfil all WDC 2012 criteria, and so Airikka promised to write a proper initiative application for a WDC initiative.

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Design Dog Park one step closer to becoming a WDC initiative

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 22:51, by pigasus

Kuohu magazine (4/2010) published an article about suggested projects for World Design Capital 2012. One of the featured projects is Design Dog Park. Read more (in Finnish) on the Artova homepage.



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Artova Film Festival

Posted on January 29, 2011 at 22:54, by pigasus

Artova Film Festival (AFF) saw the light of day in the early spring last year. Yours truly and Janne Kareinen were having a small meeting about completely other matters and started to talk about the considerable number and good quality of student works done in the film schools of the area. One idea led to another, and the conversation gained more and more meaning, determination and ideas that begun to shape up practically by themselves. Read more

April developments and money, money, money

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 22:30, by pigasus

Airikka has had to step down from co-ordinating the initiative for personal reasons, and she asked me to take on her responsibilities.

Helsinki city landscaped the plot by tipping cubic meter after cubic meter of sand into the pit. The job was completed on the 21st of April 2011. I can’t help thinking how the sand that was tipped over snow and ice will stay put…

Scott applied for a grant with the School of Arts on behalf of the park project, and Artova applied for World Design Capital 2012 funding. Read more

Another grower meeting at the School of Arts

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 22:06, by pigasus

The second grower meeting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture saw little participation.

I met Scott at the plot of cultivation the previous Sunday and so knew beforehand about the plans he and his students had made. Stara had promised to deliver fewer than 20 concrete rings but it would still amount to less than one cultivation ring per grower. Furthermore, the donation of a garden shed is now a dead duck. Read more

Park-building bee

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 22:09, by pigasus

Scott talked the city into give us a hand in the form of a small tractor and a driver, who spread the bark chippings and most of the soil over the plot. Unfortunately, the schedules were a bit off, and there was a truck-load of soil from Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) the following day when the tractor wasn’t there anymore. Together we tucked in with the one wheelbarrow we had and spread the soil the best we could. It was ok, although quite slow and laborious. Naturally, the soil-free patches were the furthest away from the heaps of soil, and in the absence of proper digging spades, we used regular snow shovels. The original plan was that students and growers would construct the park together, but the students from School of Arts were in short supply.

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The first meeting of Spirit of Artova directorial group

Posted on June 20, 2011 at 22:02, by pigasus

Below you can find a memo concerning the first meeting of Spirit of Artova directorial group on the 20th of June 2011. All consecutive memos related to similar meetings will be published un-edited in the blog and may sometimes seem a bit cryptic, but we hope that they demonstrate aptly the administration process of the whole initiative. The directorial group consists of Taina Mikkola (chairperson), Kati Pelkonen and Miikko Oikkonen.

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Spirit of Artova launch

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 22:16, by pigasus

This is the website for all the future twists and turns of the Spirit of Artova projects. Updating will start properly in August. The idea is to publish everything that goes on in the projects as accurately and transparently as possible.

Edible Arabianranta has proceeded with leaps, and there are already 20 urban growers tending their cultivations in Aalto City Garden at the junction of Muotoilijankatu and Arabiankatu. Go and have a look!

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Dog park – a threat or an opportunity?

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 22:43, by pigasus

The future dog park will spark a multitude of thoughts and feelings amongst the area residents. Will the barking of dogs be carried all the way to my flat? Will every dog owner clean up after his/her pet? Or will neglect to do so even in the enclosure, so that there will be a mountain of poo? Will the dogs be always on a lead when outside the enclosure? Will there be more car traffic in the area? Is the enclosure going to spoil the landscape of Vanhakaupunginlahti Bay?

For those who have just settled here in the district, the news of a dog park can come as a surprise. Maybe it’s a good reason to sit down every now and then and think what the dog enclosure and its use will mean for the environment, the surrounding residential area and those who live near-by. Maybe it would also be a good idea to emphasise the duties and responsibilities that are linked to the dog enclosure. Read more