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Helsinki Beyond Dreams

Helsinki Beyond Dreams, a new book of essays published in conjunction with World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, explores the emerging experimental urban culture in the Finnish capital. Recently cited as the world’s most liveable city by Monocle, Helsinki is enjoying a surge of interest in grassroots urbanism, sustainability initiatives, design explorations and cultural experiments.

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PARK(ing) Day: User-Generated Urbanism

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

In this great video, Matthew Passmore, Co-founder of Rebar and PARK(ing) Day states: “It’s about taking an active role in thinking about how urban space is made. We as citizens can have a role in what you might call user-generated urbanism.”

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