Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 09:55

Neighbourhood Project closed

The City of Helsinki Neighbourhood Project was closed at the end of 2017, having been in operation for 22 years.

The Helsinki City Board established the Neighbourhood Project at the beginning of 1996. The goals of the project were to define general outlines for neighbourhood development and to organize local neighbourhood development activities. The project was allocated an annual budget to achieve these goals.

The Neighbourhood Project’s last City Board-approved project plan was for 2016–2017. The plan focused on local activities and prevention of social exclusion.

In its last year of operation, the Neighbourhood Project focused on improving resident comfort in Meri-Rastila and Malminkartano, street art projects in Kontula and Myllypuro, and the Lähiöfest suburban festival. Overall, residents were offered low-threshold opportunities for participation.

The Helsinki City Board decided at its meeting of 13 November 2017 to allocate the funds that were previously earmarked for the Neighbourhhood Project to finance the implementation of the participation model.

In the Neighbourhood Project, the suburban areas of Helsinki were developed in diverse ways and as districts equal to the inner city to the best of local residents. The project engaged in broad-based and long-term work to prevent inequality and social exclusion in suburban areas. The project supported and coordinated the shared activities of various City units, and it worked in close cooperation with residents and other local actors.

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Neighbourhood Project

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 14:33

Helsinki Publishes Energy and Climate Atlas on 3D City Model

The 3D atlas is a tool for implementing energy efficiency improvements in buildings

The City of Helsinki has compiled extensive energy-related data on the Helsinki building stock into Energy and Climate Atlas and makes the atlas available as open data. The atlas is executed and visualized on Helsinki’s 3D city information model, which allows easy utilization and further application of the data. The atlas is a part of the toolkit that helps Helsinki to cut carbon dioxide emissions and eventually to reach carbon neutrality.

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 09:27

Digital solutions to put spaces to efficient use

The Flexi Spaces project of the Forum Virium Helsinki innovation unit has created a model to give citizens and communities easy access to various spaces. The model utilizes digital solutions such as smart locks and web-based space reservation and payment platforms. The new model for opening spaces, tested in the Helsinki smart city district of Kalasatama, has been a success.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:35

Hakaniemenranta idea competition entries displayed online and at Laituri

The planning of the Hakaniemenranta area of Helsinki proceeds with an idea competition. All competition entries are now on display and can be commented on until 28 February in the City of Helsinki online feedback service 

The competition entries can also be seen until 23 February at the information and exhibition space Laituri at Narinkka 2 in Kamppi.

The feedback on the ideas for Hakaniemenranta will be compiled for use by the competition jury. The jury will select the winner in the spring.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - 10:12

Karting, Latin dance and technology – a second city underground

Increasingly versatile spaces are situated in a Helsinki that is getting more densely built over time. Thanks to underground building, building land above ground is spared for other purposes.