Next weekend the Helsinki Planning Department showcases its new projects for new Helsinki on the banks of the River Thames. Part of the wonderful ramblings of the London Festival of Architecture, the idea is to show Londoners that Helsinki has lots of lovely waterfront real estate waiting to be developed in more commercially interesting ways than those afforded by harbour functions. To use their own words, they will launch a
vivid Urban Pilot project and opens doors to Helsinki World Design Capital in 2012
for the delectation of the tourists and locals (however defined) who now enjoy the South Bank of this big city [get back to Helsinki! ed.]
OK. So last week-end was miserable weather. Despite this, Helsinki celebrated its own special day, hanging out together, going around in scanty clothing and well … more below. Helsinki day on 12th June is said to be a celebration of the city’s founding in 1550. It’s one of those (many) events in Helsinki that defies any sense of consistency between different languages or cultures. Helsinki This Week being a monthly publication, and Helsinki Week the event being shortened on the Finnish-language website to just one single day…
Anyway, meanwhile Kalasatama had a series of events at the shipping containers that have been deposited there for temporary (pop-up?) use, after some not inconsiderable foot-dragging by parties who shall remain unnamed, for the enjoyment of citizens to be organised (for free, for whom?) by a handful of voluntary organisations, including the Finnish Seamen’s Mission, Public School Helsinki and Dodo ry. Well, what else would you do with a former harbour area that’s a pile of rubble with 700 metres of yellow wall waiting to be decorated. Below the walls after Minnamaria Toukola had had a go at it (photo by Pasi Autio).
The containers and the social activity that’s taking place in and around them will be in Kalasatama until the end of September.