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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.

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Innostuksissaan tulee kahmittua ihan liikaa hommia, joita mieluiten olisikin tehnyt ajan kanssa paneutuen.

Pitelen kädessäni asuintalojen suunnittelua esittelevän tapahtumamme Minun taloni Arabianrannan painettua käsiohjelmaa. Siinä on upea värikäs ulkoasu, kourallinen minulle jo merkityksellisiä osoitteita ja enemmän ohjelmanumeroita kuin kahden käden sormilla voin laskea. (more…)



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Designpääkaupunkivuonna 2012 Arabianranta-Toukola-Vanhakaupunki -kaupunginosayhdistys Artova ry:ssä kehitetyllä Minun taloni -konseptilla voi tehdä paikallisille ja vierailijoille tutuksi paikalliset asuintalot suunnittelijoineen.

Artovan Hengen hankekokonaisuudessa oli jo alkuideana luoda kuudelle eri projektille/tapahtumalle jaettava konsepti, jonka periaatteena olisi omaehtoisuus ja itseohjautuvuus. Projekteista tulisi siis juuri sen näköisiä ja niissä käytettäisiin juuri sellaisia toimitapoja kuin niiden tekijät haluaisivat tai amatööritaidoillaan osaisivat. (more…)



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Bloggaaminen on arvokas työkalu, mutta siihen ei millään malttaisi käyttää aikaa.

Miellyttävät kirjoitusolosuhteet ovat ensimmäinen edellytys tekstin tuottamiselle. Esimerkiksi mbarissa juttu kulkee parhaiten, ihan kaikkialla lyövän basson sekä höyryävän teen tai greippimehun voimalla. Sillä, että ympärillä on ihmisiä ja muitakin duuniaan vääntäviä. Kotona juttu tuntuu kulkevan ainoastaan, jos on siivottu, mahdollisuus omaan hetkeen ilman huolta yöunien jäämisestä liian lyhyiksi ja hyvään duunailumusiikkiin kuulokkeista.

Minun taloni Arabianranta oli yksi kuudesta Artovan Hengen WDC-projektista. Kaikista hankkeista, niiden vaiheista ja oivalluksista on tuotettu blogitekstejä visuaalisesti analysoitavaksi. Siten niistä on muiden vastaavia hommia tulevaisuudessa tekevien helpompi ottaa mallia. Minun taloni Arabianranta -projektissa asukkaat ja suunnittelijat esittelivät paikallisia asuintaloja. (more…)



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What’s so hard about blogging? Wasn’t blogging supposed to be the lightest form of writing? Ideally, blogging involves a number of principles of good journalism, which does take a bit of planning before letting the pen fly on the page.

The thing that troubles me most about blogging is the danger of underestimating the reader. When the text is online, the reader could be anyone, looking for anything, and probably picky about the sites they want to spend time on. The question isn’t facilitated by the fact that the blog entries will remain the same even as time passes. And of course, one has to take the time to knuckle down.

Like in other WDC initiatives of Spirit of Artova, a part of My House Arabianranta was to blog about the experiences from and turning points of the project for a visual model. The blogging training, courtesy of the author and journalist Anu Silfverberg, helped to see the blogosphere and the reader through the eyes of a journalist. Here are five of the most important lessons Anu taught us:
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MTA_taloja_maisemia_230512015Even 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.
Satu Onnela

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Yhdessäkin tekemisestäkin osa päätyy yksin tekemiseksi.

Syyskuinen lauantai-päivä ja parisataa ihmistä vilistää tutustumassa komeaan sisäpihaan Minun taloni Arabianranta -tapahtumassa, suunnittelijoiden opastamana tai itsenäisesti. Tapahtuman järjestämisessä oli mukana paljon väkeä: noin 90 asukasta, reilu tusina suunnittelijoita ja kymmeniä muitakin yhteistyökumppaneita. Yllättääkö, että suuri osa järjestelyiden tehtävistä tuli tehtyä rauhallisesti itsekseen?

Olen viime aikoina työssäni kaupunginosa-aktiiveja haastatellessani kuullut paljon sitä, että varsinkin isoja joukkoja koordinoivassa työssä tuntee joskus olevansa aika yksin. Vaikka ympärillä on paljonkin ihania ihmisiä. (more…)



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Kun suunnittelijan kanssa pääsee keskustelemaan, omasta talosta muodostuu entistä enemmän koti.

Vielä hetken, 13.1.2013 asti, on meneillään Koti-näyttely Designmuseossa. Näyttely kuvaa kodin merkitystä suomalaisessa yhteiskunnassa paikkana ja mielentilana. Kuten näyttelyssä kuvataan, “koti on henkilökohtainen, jatkuvan muutoksen tila, jota rakennamme tai ainakin moni haluaisi rakentaa täydentämään ja ilmaisemaan omaa persoonallisuuttaan.”

Usein luullaan, että kaikki kerrostalot suunnitellaan ihan liukuhihnatyönä. Näin ei kuitenkaan ole ainakaan Arabianrannassa, jossa “melkein jokaisesta tontista on järjestetty jonkinlainen kilpailu, esimerkiksi tontinluovutuskilpailu tai arkkitehtuurikilpailu. Kilpailuja oli useita joka vuosi”. Näin tonttiasiamies Tuomas Kivelä sanoo. Arabianranta saikin Helsingin rakennuslautakunnalta vuonna 2011 laadukkaan rakennetun ympäristön Rakentamisen ruusu-tunnustuspalkinnon. (more…)



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The festival weekend showed what we had done well and what could have been done better. As AFF drew near, our schedule was looking somewhat shaky. Luckily enough, it held all the way. The actual festival days hadn’t been planned in as much detail as the run-up and the disappearance of a person and some communication problems caused a tedious moment or two. Who was it again who was supposed to pick up the snacks for the VIP lounge? Who has the keys? When can we start rearranging the furniture ( = start pulling chairs from under students having their lunch)?

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When volunteers are making an event, the motivation must be something other than money. Starting from the “we want you” announcement of AFF, it has always been about having a good time.

 

I was interested in AFF because, in addition to liking the idea of having fun with nice people, I wanted work experience in the culture sector. In many an internship the gist of it is that the unpaid intern gets to work the shredder or scrub the toilet, but in AFF there were real responsibilities for all motivated participants! It felt like Artova respected and valued the ideas and skills of our motley crew, a bunch with a very diverse background. This diversity made our event complete and multi-faceted, it couldn’t have been done without those different skills and points of view. The organisers should represent the same amount of diversity your desired audience has. The input from each team member spoke louder than any CV.

 

You learn by doing. New situations came up sometimes to the point of exhaustion and as there was only a month to get everything done, there wasn’t always time to sit down and just scratch one’s head. Sometimes I felt very incompetent next to my colleagues with university background because they had plenty of experience in working with projects and team work. I learned a lot about working in a culture organisation and planning ahead, and I also learned to use some new computer programs. Clear and simple online materials and notes left behind by previous teams helped us to really understand the event and the work we were doing.

 

I had reservations about haste, deadlines and a pre-determined end result and was surprised to find that they all made the organisation process more meaningful. I had always thought of myself as someone who likes to work independently, on her own, but this time working in a team felt comfortable and pleasant and it became the lifeblood of the entire event. Doing everything on one’s own would have been very frustrating, useless and way too intense.

 

The AFF employees showed us the ropes and what I thought was particularly great was that it was possible to tailor one’s job description to match one’s studies or career hopes, at least to some extent. The general atmosphere was very open, and any problems were discussed in intensive meetings where everyone’s voice was heard. You were allowed to ask questions. In this type of “communal” work, individual habits for doing things merged into one… although there were a few collisions we couldn’t avoid. Meeting regularly helped us to become a unified group. At every point in the process, everyone got to determine their own level of commitment. In voluntary work, it’s very important to have the feeling that they want me and my qualities for this task, not just some guy.

 

Noora

 

 

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