Published in 2/2020 - Rules


The Long Life of Regulation

Lauri Jääskeläinen

Aerial view of Uusikaupunki, 1967. Photo: Uusikaupunki Museum Collections

The images in the article illustrate the planning and urban development of the city of Uusikaupunki, from its founding in 1617 towards the modern times. The images are selected from the open digital content issued by the Finnish Heritage Agency, Uusikaupunki Museum and Aalto University.

In Finland, the regulation of construction has aimed to follow the development in society, but often with a delay. We have either drifted to making legal amendments or they have only been accomplished when the pressure for change has exceeded the endurance of society. Now the Act is renewed again – one of its objectives is the mitigation of climate change.

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