BOOK: Uusi Helsinki?
Chapter 6: Meri Rastila – Progressive Densification or Easy Alternative
Chapter Authors: Tristan P. Hughes & Eeva Berglund
Subject: City planning
What is Helsinki’s future and are there alternatives?
Uusi Helsinki is written by professionals who love Helsinki. Each writer has chosen an element of the city that has inspired delight, disgust, sorrow or enthusiasm. The book looks not only at the pasts of the Finnish capital but at what its future might be.
Could vacant office space be transformed into homes? Does building within city limits have to mean clearing away its forests? What might the authorities learn from the residents who have occupied buildings, set up meeting places and worked as volunteers to protect cherished built heritage? What is it that is unique about Helsinki?
Chapter 6: Meri Rastila – Progressive Densification or Easy Alternative, discusses the issues with Helsinki’s planning strategy for suburban neighbourhoods, with a particular focus on Meri-Rastila, and the resident led Alternative Master-Plan. The Chapter talks about the differences between densification strategies and the ties between planning and political ideals.
Authors of other chapters
1. Cindy Kohtala & Andrew Paterson
2. Harry Schulman & Pasi Mäenpää
3. Jonathan Glancey
4. Tarja Nurmi
5. Lieven Ameel
7. Ville Ylönen (Hietsun Paviljonki)
8. Vesa Peipinen
9. Pia Ilonen
10. Hella Hernberg
11. Juha Ilonen
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