At this point, it’s clear that we can use the empty plot for cultivation in the summer of 2011. We would have liked to start this year, but no can do. It’s ok, though, the future looks bright, and everything has went so well that you wouldn’t believe. At least I wouldn’t, true to my Finnish brand of scepticism.
The Arabianranta art co-ordinator, Tuula Isohanni from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, has taken the project under her wing. She has managed to achieve progress both with the city and with the School of Arts. The project now has the support of the city, and the planning will start at the department of environmental art sometime in the autumn. The application for a WDC initiative has been handed in, and it’s realistic to expect that it will pass and that financial support would come from that quarter.
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Airikka met with the art school students today to communicate the wishes residents have for the cultivated work of art. The wishes put forward by the residents were to have areas of all sizes for cultivating, a place for hanging out, a box with a lock for tools and a compost bin. The residents were also hoping that the artwork would become a monument of Arabianranta. Read more
The active participants of the dog park initiative met in a club room to discuss and assign up-coming tasks.
Sami Niiranen had been in contact with the schools of the area about the design of the park. Two students from Metropolia had been in touch. It was agreed that Sami would reply to them, find out a bit more and if they would turn out to be what we are looking for, we would meet them as soon as possible. Anna promised to put together an information packet about the project for the potential designers, and Tero promised to turn that into a brief summary.
There was some discussion over whether to introduce the working team members in the blog. Anna has prepared a template for anyone to use for their own introductions. Read more
Hi! My name is Minna Reinilä, and at the turn of the year I started my work trial at culture and resident house Kääntöpaikka, where I run the everyday functions and take care of PR, and at Spirit of Artova, where I’m a co-ordinator. I’m sure I’ll find out in the near future what all that means. At this point, it would seem that I’ll participate in co-ordinating Arabianranta Street Festival and join the media relations team of AFF. Writing is a dear hobby of mine, and I’m very interested in sharing in this blog how I experience working in this kind of environment.
The latest big My House Arabianranta meeting was on Saturday the 17th of March in Arabianranta library. In a brainstorming session that we had with all the participating buildings we had a first taste of dialogue between the residents, architects and artists. In the same occasion, we also put together a palette of suggestions to be used as a tool when formulating a concept for each building. Now that programs are being drafted for the participating buildings, the tips and ideas below can be useful.
Arabia Street Festival 2012 has been packed away for winter. The realities of my personal life required my attendance away from the event production just before the festival, and I didn’t get back until the 14th of May; just in time to help the others carry away the last things, roll up banderols and clean up Kääntöpaikka. Everything ran smoothly in my absence; there were a number of committed people making everything happen, and when I asked to hear how everybody felt about the festival, I got the impression that it had gone very well indeed. There were approximately six thousand (6000!) visitors, you could hardly move in Intiankatu, and the visitors, organisers and artists had a good time. Read more
If you’re like me, in the spur of the moment you take on way too many tasks and then hope that you could have more time to really concentrate on each one.
In my hand I have a printed version of the programme of My House Arabianranta, an event showcasing different residential buildings. It looks great and colourful, and it lists a handful of addresses already familiar to me and more shows and acts than I can count with my fingers.