City of Helsinki is introducing several urban development projects in Expo Real 4–6 October. Design will be a central element in the new urban developments as well, says Mr. Hannu Penttilä, Deputy Mayor of City Planning and Real Estate from Helsinki.
Building logistics are utilised to intercept building disadvantages already in advance in the construction of the new residential area of Jätkäsaari. Examples of building drawbacks are dust, noise, traffic jams and general disorder.
Helsinki tops the annual Quality of Life index of the British lifestyle magazine Monocle. Helsinki rose to the top from fifth place in 2010 in this index that list the 25 best cities in the world according to factors that go beyond basic economic and social criteria, focusing on aspects that can bring happiness and ease to everyday life.
Housing construction increased in Helsinki in January-March 2011. New housing units completed in March numbered 1,100, which was only somewhat below the annual level of 5,000 targeted by the City of Helsinki.
The Helsinki City Planning Department is organising the international South Harbour ideas competition as part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme. The entrants’ task is to create a comprehensive ideas plan for the South Harbour that can be used as a basis for the future development of the area.
SRV Group has been proposed to contract Kalasatama Centre. The Centre would be formed by the commercial centre and the adjoining hotel tower, an office tower and six residential towers near Kalasatama metro station.
Helsinki - Finland stand presents four major development projects and two competitions. Helsinki Exhibition Container and its Helsinki Horizon 2030 exhibition showcases the future of Helsinki’s harbor areas.
CNN International news channel visited Helsinki in January and made four episodes for the Future Cities series. In February CNN came back, this time it was the channel’s environmental show that made a programme about sustainable living.
Sitra, in co-operation with SRV and VVO has developed the Low2No Project, which is a new model for sustainable urban development. The city block being developed in Jätkäsaari is the first tangible output of the Low2No approach.