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Helsinki accommodates more and more bright homes, creative work spaces, stately public spaces and other places central to the way our culture is shaped. What elements characterise each of these spaces?
The per cent for art scheme in the blocks of flats in Arabianranta, work spaces customised by employees and memorable cultural sites show that people who use these spaces are valued. The sites highlighted by our event week remind us of the fact that the particular character of a building contributes most to how the place is experienced. A room with some character is one to remember.
Our posters turned out ever so handsome! It’s so nice when you’re out and you can spot them here and there, giving the electrical enclosures a bit more cheerful look.
Don’t think, though, that they would pop up on their own! Well, they did, actually… in the sense that they were designed, logos and all, by Tero Juuti, a most skillful graphic designer. But it was us, the volunteers, who got together to decide on the text, find out about different printing options, order the prints and spread them around Arabianranta.
This time we started of a bit too slow with all of this. Summer, you know. Losing track of time. Being busy. Night. And when we had put this thing off long enough, phenomena such as inexperience and human error manifested themselves. Firstly, making the payment was difficult! A whole lot of trial and error, chatting with online help, queuing on the phone, sweating tears. By the time we had finally managed to make the payment (using a credit card), cancel the previous order and file a new one, the option for extra speedy delivery with our affordable press was no longer available. Our order was late, and the posters took a day longer to come than promised.
Normally you’re supposed to spread posters outside two weeks before the event and then put up some new ones a week before. Our posters didn’t see the light of day until half a week before… I suppose practice makes perfect?
So, we received the fine, shiny posters… and they all sported the picture for our flyers! The people at the press had got hold of the wrong file and no-one came to wonder why it wasn’t a poster file. Oh well, the ones we have are ok. We did need the intended kinds of posters too, so we had to go to our own printers.
When the song and dance was over and done with, it felt ridiculously easy to punch in the printer security codes and whatnot in Aralis library, where I spent some 30 minutes printing new posters. Especially easy, as there was a lovely, real, live, friendly human being to help me out in stead of a chat. So, now we have these big, A3-sized floppy posters, some of which are already outside. It’s getting dark, and there will be even more of them out by morning – after all the computer-staring nerdiness, a small walk with a friend (and the posters…) feels like a reward!
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Before I can wrap up this week, though, I need everybody’s help in order to take care of all the chores. I jotted down a to-do list that consists of things we can do in our own time without any particular meetings.
At the moment the most critical tasks are distributing posters, making orders and picking up different materials for next week. The posters remind the locals of important dates; first-hand experience shows that without posters people simply won’t turn up. There are nearly a hundred of us out there, so we should be able to get a whole lot done!
My House Arabianranta has a new dedicated website under Artova pages. The site was relatively easy to create as quite a few similar events have been organised in Artova before and it was easy to utilise the experience and the example set by the previous projects.
The Facebook group of the event and this blog are now getting more frequent updates. I hope many residents and other participants and sympathisers find their way into our project.
What with the new logo finished and everything, a refreshing visual image of the event is taking form, thanks to Tero Juuti. The Spirit of Artova has experienced the graphic artist’s joyful, fresh style before during Arabia Street Festival, for example.
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It’s been decided: the final dates for My House Arabianranta are 11. – 16.9.2012 which happens to be also the Helsinki Design Week! In addition to sharing the same dates, My House Arabianranta and HDW will co-operate in matters relating to PR/marketing which is this year aimed at an increasingly international audience.
There seems to be an abundance of enthusiasm for the initiative. For example, My House Arabianranta is a part of an event trio together with OpenHouseHelsinki and Open Studios. We’re looking at one great event, people!
What we would really like to see next is more local residents getting involved and more sponsors interested in (also international) exposure.
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July is in the heart of summer. It’s not all dead in the city but mainly people are who knows where, living their dream out of the reach of the long hand of the email. From the project management point of view this is problematic, of course, especially as we weren’t bright enough to settle a date for the next meeting. I miss all these exciting people, but I think there might be others like me in this district for whom it’s business as usual. And, of course, I wish all the best for those who are taking a distance and a holiday they have been looking forward to. (more…)
The power of volunteering is in the energy that is created when motivated people get together to work for a common cause. These people share an idea or a theme, a source of inspiration or the joy of knowhow. Sometimes they just want to have fun without any greater uplifting, turn the everyday into a celebration just because, like was done in the Big Recycling Event and the parties of Kallioliike.
Raisa Laukkanen from Stadi.tv (in Finnish) leads an urban reporter workshop (in Finnish) in mid-June to all those involved in the My House Arabianranta project. During the workshop you learn how to shoot and cut video material about the life of your home building and its neighbourhood – whatever it is that the participants want to share with the event visitors. The inspiration for the subjects can be, for example, the history of the building, interesting residents, events or timely question. One of the outcomes of the workshop will be a trailer for My House Arabianranta. (more…)
There’s quite a bustle in the event venues! More and more residents are signing up, and the building-specific concepts and the activities for September are shaping up. We have also opened a Facebook page for the initiative.
The next brainstorming session for My House Arabianranta is on Monday the 14th or May at 5 – 7.30 p.m. in the clubroom of Kääntöpaikka. Welcome!
In this next meeting, we’ll jot down what the residents have planned for the event in their building. We’ll be joined by Tuula Isohanni who will give a presentation about the history of the Per Cent for Art Scheme and also about the Arabianranta residential area. Naturally, we’ll share good examples of fun, tried and tested ideas of things the residents have already organised together.
For more information about the brainstorming session and initiative in general, contact Satu: satu.onnela[at]gmail.com, mobile +358503228930.
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After being in touch with a whole lot of people, we are slowly reaching a clearer view of the participating venues. It also looks likely, that the event will take place during Helsinki Design Week (10.–16.9.2012).
As was intended, different forms of housing are represented in the event. There are homes rented from the city and other parties, there are owner-occupied flats, new flats and older ones… In fact, not all of the participating buildings and gardens are yet complete!