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- has the area plan been approved?
- when is the construction aimed to begin?
- are there any estimations on when the project would be completed?
I got the following reply ”After the area plan has become final [ i.e. it has the required legal approval ], the case will be managed by the general board of treatment. The construction work could begin over the summer and the project should be completed this year”.
In the same dialogue he also confirmed that no changes has been made to the plans [ which we have been contributed to ].
So what should one think of all this?
At least we should be thankful for getting a fast and unambiguous reply. However, regarding the area plan approval progress, I wouldn’t be as hopeful. At this writing, July of 2013, no news has come to my attention, which would have confirmed that the ‘design dog park’ case would have done a significant progress, if any. My personal estimation is that the area plan, which has been lacking approval for several years, will be legally final by the end of 2013, and, the construction work will begin around spring of 2014.
We will keep on following moderately how well the city officials are able to work on the project, which seems to have been stuck rather badly in the cogwheel of red tape.
This said, the only thing we can do at this point is to ask again and again, until we finally can report of having succeeded, thus having been confirmed that the construction will begin.
GAMMEL DOGS ASSOCIATION / TERO PAJUNEN
As you are in the process of organising the event, you can make publicity as you go along, but remember that the event itself lasts only a few days and involves a very limited number of houses. You need agility and different kinds of logistics to make everything suit the different locations.
The core idea of the event was to discuss with the house designers, face-to-face and on the spot, the early stages of the building, the solutions that were made back then, and have the opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts. The easiest way to do this is to go for guided tours or to use a common space (a club room, for example) for presentations with a video projector or photos.
It was a pleasant surprise to see so many supplementary activities that came on top of the core content. The idea was to discover the special features of each house and show a multitude of different ways of making use of common spaces. For example, the residents used the common spaces to showcase their skills (dancing) and hobbies (bird-watching), to put up a café… one group arranged themselves along a corridor and recited poems written about the building – the atmosphere was lovely. (more…)
The My House Arabianranta event of September 2012 was organised mainly by volunteers consisting of residents, architects and artists. Other local interest groups (such as students of the local universities) were also involved.
Brainstroming for ideas
It’s a good idea to invest some time and thought into the first brainstorming session. Once the first session is over, you’ll be able to form a project group with those who want to be involved and allocate tasks and responsibilities. It’s good if there is a small team of two or three for each tasks – this is for the project group but particularly for the volunteering residents in the houses that feature in the event. This way there is always more than one person who knows about things, nobody has to work alone and things don’t pile up on any one person. In addition, you get to know new people and get to spend time in good company.
The initiative as a whole needs one contact person who is in charge of the entity. It’s also a good idea to have two contact persons for each participating house who spread information and answer questions. (more…)
The preparations for My House Arabianranta, an event in September 2012 that showcased local houses and their architectural solutions, were started in January 2012. Below you’ll find a bunch of observations that may help someone out there replicate the event and develop the concept further.
For organisational reasons and media relations it’s vital to have one appointed person others can asks for advice and who channels the publicising efforts. In all other respects it’s a good idea to share responsibilities. My House Arabianranta event introduces more than one residential building to event guests, and so it would be very functional to give to the volunteers from these houses the responsibility for providing content right from the start. The clearest way to might be to have each house put up their own programme and take of any permits.
If you’re like me, in the spur of the moment you take on way too many tasks and then hope that you could have more time to really concentrate on each one.
In my hand I have a printed version of the programme of My House Arabianranta, an event showcasing different residential buildings. It looks great and colourful, and it lists a handful of addresses already familiar to me and more shows and acts than I can count with my fingers.
In 2012, Lahti, Helsinki and the rest of the capital region were some of the World Design Capitals. In autumn 2011 Arabianranta-Toukola-Vanhakaupunki district association, Artova, applied for a WDC status for some of the up-coming events. My House Arabianranta was one of the events that were granted the status.
You can make local residential buildings and their architects known to locals and visitors alike by making use of the My House concept developed by Artova (=the Arabianranta, Toukola and Vanhakaupunki district association) during World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.
The initial plan in the Spirit of Artova initiative group was to create a free-to-use concept for six projects/events that would be based on self-direction and spontaneity. The volunteers would have the power to use the working methods they see fit and can pull off without any special skills, and the projects would look like the volunteers behind them.
How to make blog entries into a meaningful entity? By making a rough plan, preferably beforehand. And by writing often but little.
One of the duties in leading Spirit of Artova WDC projects that describe the spirit and attitude to work here in Arabianranta, Toukola and Vanhakaupunki was to blog about the twists and turns of process development or management (like group dynamics, activity or agreements). A great deal of blog entries has sprung up for the visual modelling of My House Arabianranta, a project that showcased local residential buildings as a part of Spirit of Artova.
Blogging is a valuable tool but it’s oh so difficult to prioritise it.
Pleasant writing conditions are the first prerequisite for putting words on paper. For example, words flow the best at mbar where the beat of the bass is everywhere and there’s a steaming cup of tea or a glass of grapefruit juice to fuel the thoughts. It facilitates things to have people around you, others who are busy working. At home, the only time writing is easy is if the apartment is clean and there’s good work music in the earphones and a possibility for a solitary moment that isn’t away from your night’s sleep.
Even when you’re working together, there’s always some work you end up doing alone.
It’s a Saturday afternoon in September and some 200 people are scurrying around an impressive courtyard, independently or guided by a designer (an architect, artist…) – My House Arabianranta is in full swing. There were a lot of people organizing the event: about 90 residents, a bit over a dozen designers and tens of other partners. Are you surprised to hear that most of the organizing was done by individuals working alone?
In my work, I’ve interviewed people who participate actively in the affairs of their district or neighborhood, and I often hear that you sometimes feel a bit lonely especially if you’re co-ordinating large crowds. You are lonely even though you’re surrounded by lovely people.
The feeling of loneliness probably has to do with independence and the fact that none of the people around you knows or does the particular tasks you take care of. Or they work from home. You’d get more companions by putting some time into the delegation of tasks… but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to arrange some kind of concrete peer support for this kind of projects.
I don’t live in the Arabianranta district myself. I was on unpaid maternity leave and took care of my tasks sporadically and at irregular hours. My situation was such that it would have been impossible for me to participate in the first place if Artova didn’t make such good use of different electronic online tools.
I believe that the distance between me and Artova grew because of my stiff civil servant background. It hasn’t been once or twice that I’ve wondered at how I ended up doing so much work from home with this Arabianranta project when in Arabianranta there are such wonderful people and such great spirit. One of the most important things I learned over the course of the project was that all face-to-face interaction made everything easier and more fun. That’s something I intend to keep in mind the next time I get to choose where my desk is.
Janne, who co-ordinates all six Spirit of Artova projects, introduced me to many local individuals and companies. Having me and the other volunteers meet even more other people who do similar work might have lightened the workload and tied me better into the lively Artova network. It wasn’t until things were looking pretty sombre that I realized I should actively look for peer support.
I felt the support I needed was “stealing” time from more important things because there is always so much going on in Artova. It would have been useful to have some specifically allocated time, at regular intervals, for on-the-point mentoring sessions. Every time I talked about the project with others valuable tips and lessons came up, things that I wouldn’t have thought to ask.
Over these years, a lot of skillful people have found their way into Artova. It might be a good idea to start drawing up a list of potential mentors and arrange mentoring meetings where old hands and newbies could talk. Something like “night of dumb questions” where everyone is welcome to join, as is the case usually in Artova anyway.
Peer support and advice enables you to make things happen, big things, and at the computer in the middle of the night if need be. It’s important if we want to complete projects like this outside office hours, regardless of where everyone is.
Translation Pigasus Translations.
- share responsibilities
- take personal chemistry into account
- make use of the Internet and the social media
- start EVERYTHING well in advance
- think of the entity when you’re drawing up the program (links to the region you’re operating)
- let responsibilities pile up to few
- take unnecessary risks (with schedules, partners, allocation of tasks…)
- keep pushing back contacting the media and publicising
- push back preliminary rounds and evaluation
- insist on having it all – leave something for the next time
Iiris & Noora
Translation by Pigasus Translations.