New designs on city life


AgriPuncture Greenhouse by Dylan Kwok. Photo by Dylan Kwok.


The world is rapidly evolving. In an era of social networking, environmental changes, massive overflow of information, people are constantly challenged to use and adapt to their surroundings in myriad new ways.

The visions of the spatial design degree students of the University of Art and Design Helsinki clearly expose ideas which concern real innovations in the city space. Can they succeed in inspiring public interest in developing their own city?

The exhibition What if . . .?, supported by The University of Art and Design Helsinki, Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy and the Korean Student Association showcases some responses to this challenge.

Dylan Kwon, for example, outlines a strategy for reinvigorating older areas of downtown Helsinki by introducing small green space into urban courtyards to support a new sustainable lifestyle. In Dong Uk Lee’s vision, Hakaniemi Market Square would evolve into a futuristic urban space promoting social life in innovative ways.

What if . . . ?
Narinkka 2, Helsinki
Until 24 October

First published in the Helsinki Times on October 22nd, 2009.


About Susan Fourtané

As a citizen of the world, Susan began her search for her place in the world back at the beginning of the year 2000. After many travels looking for her place in the world, her soul found that place in Finland in September 2006. She has been living in Helsinki ever since, where she combines fiction and non-fiction writing with Philosophy studies and teaching.
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