‘Helsinki Horizon 2030′ is part of the London Festival of Architecture, International Showcase. Organized by the Helsinki City Planning Department, the exhibition features future plans for Helsinki shoreline in the decades to come. Vast industrial port and harbour areas are being freed-up in the city centre and will be developed into three new city districts. The old ports release 20 km of new shore line for public paths and bicycle routes, beaches, yacht clubs, cafes, parks and other recreational areas for the citizens to enjoy. The new districts will also create 50 000 new homes, the majority of which come with a sea view and are located within a short tram ride from the old city centre. This being the largest urban redevelopment project in Europe, Helsinki finds it self in a unique position.
The grand visions, plans and ideas have been packed into a ‘tardis-like’ sea container and shipped off to tour the world. A small showcase of a big idea, the sea container on it’s timber podium has potential to be developed into a platform for discussion, debate and exchange of ideas on an international level.
Laura will be writing a full review shortly, to appear in Finnish design magazine Arkkitehti Uutiset and the UKs Architects Journal.
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