Helsinki's vision is to be the most functional city in the world. How far have we come with this goal? Helsinki The City hires quality inspectors this summer to observe how the goals of the City Strategy are achieved in practice.
The City of Helsinki will build a pavilion and two new docks on the Lyypekinlaituri pier, located by Helsinki’s Old Market Hall. The pier will be the departure point for the ferry traffic to Helsinki Biennial and Vallisaari Island.
In the pavilion, people can buy ferry tickets and visit the Helsinki Tourist Information desk. In addition to the Market Square, another departure point to Vallisaari, the exhibition venue for Helsinki Biennial, will be located in Hakaniemi. There will also be a circular route running between the islands of Vallisaari, Lonna and Suomenlinna. Read more »
In the future, Helsinki will offer children nearing the preschool age, and their guardian, a preschool place without an application or rorms to fill, or calls to the day-care centre.
“Wood is a material that binds carbon dioxide, and as Helsinki seeks to become carbon neutral by 2035, it’s self-evident that wood construction should be an element that furthers that goal,” states Helsinki Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki.
Consequently, Helsinki strives to promote wood construction in multiple ways. “Myself, I’m thinking that we should consider whether to set a definite objective with a percentage defined for wooden buildings and wood construction, when policies are next defined for building construction and land use in Helsinki,” Sinnemäki says. Read more »
The Port of Helsinki has committed to the Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2035 programme and has created its own associated programme: Carbon Neutral Port 2035.
Its main objectives are for the Port of Helsinki’s own operations to be carbon neutral by 2035 and to reduce emissions in the entire harbour area by 32 per cent (compared to 2015). The majority of the Carbon Neutral Port 2035 programme’s measures will be implemented during the first five years, 2020–2024. Measures will be updated throughout the programme, as new solutions and techn... Read more »
Helsinki City Board resolved 9 December to allot plots for the realisation of three new projects within the Re-thinking Urban Housing programme. In sum, these projects will produce 274 housing units.
Mayor Jan Vapaavuori today announced that Helsinki has joined the Partnership for Healthy Cities, a global network committed to preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as cancer and diabetes, as well as road injuries, through proven interventions in policy, lifestyle and environment.
The City of Helsinki initiated collaboration with Aalto University’s Department of Design last spring to evaluate the impact of design activities. The evaluation represents the first extensive survey of the City’s design projects and the benefits and challenges of those projects. The results of the evaluation were presented at the closing seminar of an Aalto University design course in December.
Helsinki has been selected as Beijing Design Week’s Guest City in 2020. Helsinki will organise diverse events in Beijing over three weeks to present Helsinki as a design city and as a pioneer in the utilisation of design expertise.
Beijing Design Week 2020, held from 22 September–7 October 2020, is the largest and most notable design festival in Asia. The festival attracts more than five million visitors each year. The designation Guest City has been conferred to nine cities before, most recently to Mexico City as this year’s Guest City. Helsinki Deputy Mayor Pia Pakarinen accepted Helsinki’s designation as Gue... Read more »
More than half of Helsinki’s carbon dioxide emissions originate from heating.
Helsinki has on 4 December joined the World Green Building Council network’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, where cities and companies pledge to take urgent action to ensure their own portfolios of buildings operate at net zero carbon in terms of carbon dioxide emissions from energy use by 2030. Read more »