The following pictures show clearly the different stages of the metamorphosis that the plot underwent. Unfortunately, there aren’t any photos of the pit that used to be there.
Here we have dragged in place some of the tree trunks delivered by Stara. Mounds of soil and bark chippings are waiting to be spread.
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
Let’s Get It Started (MC Hammer)
Just before Christmas I received a phone call from Janne, the chairman of Artova. I was asked to take a role of leading this project, My House Arabianranta. A week later I called back: ”Yes, I’ll take it!”
The initial plan for the project sounds already interesting: the planners and the inhabitants together demonstrate how the building functions in everyday life. Read more
What kind of houses are the real pearls of this neighborhood? Which communities would be the best possible pioneers for the event to spread out next year? What sort of factors would make these houses pop up?
We are now planning these criteria with Janne and the result you’ll see on Monday the 9th January. We’ll then publish the open call for the houses of the project My House Arabianranta 2012.
My House Arabianranta is a week-long event that takes place in autumn 2012 and illustrates the journey of five local buildings from the drawing board to the everyday life of its residents.
The goal is to raise awareness of how blocks of flats are built, what are the factors that affect the local architecture, and how the Per cent for Art Scheme has been used in the art purchases of the buildings. You can read more here.
Would you like to open your building, or perhaps even your own flat, to the public in autumn during Helsinki Festival or Design Week? Ask your housing co-operative to sign up for My House Arabianranta event! The five most distinctive buildings will be taken on board. Read more
First things first: it was so much fun! The “warm up” on Friday and then Saturday were a success in spite of the low temperature, and considering the schedule and available resources.
The Design Dog Park initiative attracted the interest of the media. Radio Helsinki did an interview in their morning broadcast 2.2.2012. The hosts had some tricky questions but I suppose we passed with flying colours. Tero uploaded the interview on-line, feel free to download and listen to it: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/631247/%20-%20.mp3 (in Finnish). Of the ample supply of the WDC Weekend, the Design Dog Park drive had caught the eye of a few popular bloggers. In addition, Helsingin Sanomat called in the morning of the event and wanted to know how dog park initiative with the city is getting on. It was great and of course a bit baffling to find this many people who were suddenly interested in combining design and a dog park. And of course: this is much-needed publicity for the project and will (I hope) be noted in the Public Works Department so that they’ll give us a substantial role in the designing process. Read more
There were a lot of people in addition to our three representatives. Tomas Palmgren, project manager of investment office, chaired the meeting. There were also the office manager, region planner and the project leader of this initiative, all of who have been in touch with us in the past, and finally the purchasing contract planner consultants from Vireo Oy. Read more
“Onko kukaan kuullut mitään?”
“Miten se homma etenee?”
“Ei se vastannut mun postiin.”
“Onko sulla oikea numero?”
Buffattu-katutaidenäyttely jäi katveeseen. Se kuuluu Katufestarin ydintarjontaan, mutta rakentuu melko itsenäisesti oman kuraattorinsa voimin. Yhtäkkiä havahduimme siihen, ettei kukaan oikein tiedä, mitä Buffatulle kuuluu. Festaripäivä lähestyy, eikä minulla ollut tiedotettavaa. Read more
I come from a background of working on various types of projects at Metropolia, creating websites for the school’s WebTV show, to working with Espoo City museum to create a visual interface to run with one of their exhibitions. I’ve also done a lot of experimentation with 3D graphics, and have run a small business in the virtual world of Second Life under the alias Matti Deigan. Read more
On my second to last day at work here at The Spirit of Artova I had the pleasure to chat with Taneli Kainulainen, the chief producer of Arabia Street Festival. Taneli was in the production team last year as well when a group of Metropolia students of cultural management produced the event as a part of their studies. “I play in a street band called Hermanni Turkki, and it came naturally to me to take responsibility for the street music area. I meant to do the same thing this year but somehow I finally found myself as the chief producer. This has been my first event production, so I’ve learned a lot along the way, and it feels like I was studying the things I was doing as I was doing them but at the end everything worked out well.”