“The superbly well-proportioned facades can be compared with the best current examples of European urbanism.”
How to Plan Unplanned Encounters? A Formula Explains What to Take into Account When Designing Urban Blocks
In recent decades, the perimeter block has become the go-to urban typology in Finnish urban planning and a symbol of urban life. If you take a closer look at the form, however, it does not create life around it as such. The potential lies in more subtle design choices.
Infill Buildings on Liisankatu in the Historical Part of Helsinki Are a Successful Example of Densification
A perimeter block in Helsinki’s Kruununhaka district now boasts two new multistorey residential buildings. The block composition became more compact, but the impact is more spacious than before.
What kind of care can the built environment offer, and for whom? How to care as an architect? What kind of hospital buildings has the 2010s construction boom in the social and health sector produced?
What is the current transportation-related architecture like? What kind of urban environment is created around the transport systems? What is the significance of different movements and the concept of change for architecture?
For almost a couple of decades, the residents of the Meri-Rastila area in Helsinki have sought to influence the development of their daily environment. They are not the first ones to act due to concerns about changes taking place in a neighbourhood.
With the recent completion of the final stations of the western metro extension, Länsimetro, the Helsinki metro now also runs through Espoo. When one part of a system like the metro undergoes change, the entire system simultaneously changes, muses Tommy Lindgren. He visited all the stations west of Lauttasaari.
Public transport services in the largest cities in Finland are undergoing a major change, along with a launch of light rail systems. How will the new means of transport affect the development of the city regions, and what kind of urban environment is being created along the sides of the tramlines?