We must all know by now that Helsinki in the run up to World Design Capitaldom is an OPEN city. Perhaps Finland is even supposed to be an ‘open society’ a la Karl Popper. Though probably not. (What with design hype, openness hype and economy hype, while the foundations of our ‘economy‘ wobble as never before, it’s complicated stuff to cut through the rhetoric and scholarship about social and political things these days. But as Finnish philosopher Ilkka Niiniluoto points out in this pdf of a chapter, probably necessary.)
Anyway – let’s get back on track.
It’s the buildings we should be writing about. And they are open this week. Our chance to enter buildings that aren’t so accessible, Open House Helsinki, is up and running from Thursday to Sunday. Look forward (if you can still get places?!) to getting close up and personal with Saint Alvar’s handles (left) and some very well received (by Arkkivahti and others we know) contemporary architecture. Who says Finland doesn’t look after its children!?