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We’re looking for buildings and volunteers for My House Arabianranta event

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 20:14, by pigasus

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

We’re looking for buildings and volunteers for My House Arabianranta event

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 23:54, by pigasus

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.

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Abundance of artists

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 23:10, by pigasus

“By the truckload,” sighs Taneli the producer. He’s talking about artists willing to feature in the festival. Arabia Street Festival is popular amongst potential performers. There are jazz dancers, rappers, mini installations and performances. Tens of good street musicians and bands. By the truckload, indeed.

 

Some of the artists have found the festival through the artist invitation on our website, others are familiar faces from previous years. The word of mouth at work.

 

Dance performances were delegated to a volunteer who knows about the dance scene but she had to leave the project before the finishing touches had been added because of her doctoral dissertation. D’oh. Who could we find to finish this?

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Film contact: 3.4.2012

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 23:53, by pigasus

Meeting 3.4.2012

Elina R.
Janne K.
Mari A.
Azar S.
Christa P.

 

Azar talks about Artova Kino
Matti L., contact person
Artova Kino now has themes, devices for new kind of cinematic expression
New team members get to discuss
Active publicising
Artova Film Festival will be advertised together with Artova Kino, some effort was put in blog marketing

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The valuable publicity

Posted on April 7, 2012 at 22:54, by pigasus

I moved into Vallila recently, right nextdoor to Arabianranta district. That means I’ve had more opportunities to view the bustle at Kääntöpaikka and the buildings that have been signed up for My House Arabianranta. I still don’t have an internet connection so for that I’m relying on libraries, Kääntöpaikka and mbar that have been very important places for me as of late. My working hours have been reduced to the naptimes of my child and the early evening hours. Read more

The residents have been introduced to the designers!

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 22:34, by pigasus

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.

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70 metres wide and six metres high

Posted on April 22, 2012 at 23:18, by pigasus

Taneli did it again. A veritable feat. This time it’s about a wall. Iittala’s old paint warehouse, which is being assessed for condemnation, is right next to the festival area. Now it will be transformed into the canvas of the graffiti artist Otto Maja and the Nimi collective. The pallid yellow of the wall will turn into a giant mural! That’s insane!

 

“In the initial stages of the project, I had no idea I’d sit down with Iittala Group marketing crew and quote the district architect’s opinion of how tearing down the building would affect the city façade committee.”

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Third open brainstorming session for My House Arabianranta

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 22:19, by pigasus

There’s quite a bustle in the event venues! More and more residents are signing up, and the building-specific concepts and the activities for September are shaping up. We have also opened a Facebook page for the initiative.

The next brainstorming session for My House Arabianranta is on Monday the 14th or May at 5 – 7.30 p.m. in the clubroom of Kääntöpaikka. Welcome!

In this next meeting, we’ll jot down what the residents have planned for the event in their building. We’ll be joined by Tuula Isohanni who will give a presentation about the history of the Per Cent for Art Scheme and also about the Arabianranta residential area. Naturally, we’ll share good examples of fun, tried and tested ideas of things the residents have already organised together.

For more information about the brainstorming session and initiative in general, contact Satu: satu.onnela[at]gmail.com, mobile +358503228930.

 

Translation by Pigasus Translations.

Inspiration from interaction, again

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 22:34, by pigasus

July is in the heart of summer. It’s not all dead in the city but mainly people are who knows where, living their dream out of the reach of the long hand of the email. From the project management point of view this is problematic, of course, especially as we weren’t bright enough to settle a date for the next meeting. I miss all these exciting people, but I think there might be others like me in this district for whom it’s business as usual. And, of course, I wish all the best for those who are taking a distance and a holiday they have been looking forward to. Read more

Some sweet co-operation coming up!

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 22:02, by pigasus

It’s been decided: the final dates for My House Arabianranta are 11. – 16.9.2012 which happens to be also the Helsinki Design Week! In addition to sharing the same dates, My House Arabianranta and HDW will co-operate in matters relating to PR/marketing which is this year aimed at an increasingly international audience.

 

There seems to be an abundance of enthusiasm for the initiative. For example, My House Arabianranta is a part of an event trio together with OpenHouseHelsinki and Open Studios. We’re looking at one great event, people!

 

What we would really like to see next is more local residents getting involved and more sponsors interested in (also international) exposure.

 

Translated by Pigasus Translations.