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.
Public transport services in Helsinki are extensive and appreciated by the citizens. According to a pan-European study, Helsinki enjoys the continent’s highest resident approval rating for public transport.