A Book for TownPlanners to create great public places: Helsinki Beyond Dreams

A Book for TownPlanners to create great public places: Helsinki Beyond Dreams Book Review.

A new book on the concept of Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper Placemaking strategies (QCP Strategies), floats an idea that LQC strategies are meant to be part of long-term efforts to create dynamic public spaces. Public places which have the ability to speak to the people and develop in them the feeling of belonging.

IN short, the book tells exactly how LQC interventions pave the way by building new constituencies for transformative change in public spaces.

The book is written by Hella Hernberg and captures this nicely in Helsinki Beyond Dreams.

What the Book offers:

1) Wide variety of projects and events that reflect the LQC ethos of citizens of the Finnish capital, and how it helped in more permanent town planning of the city.

2) Explains why citizens should have the opportunity to help shape their city, for great town planning.

3) Early on, Helsinki Beyond Dreams traces the title city’s contemporary fondness for LQC interventions — From the formation of Elmu, founded by Teemu Lehto, a live music association that took over an abandoned warehouse in 1979 and created an alternative cultural hub.

If one tries to summarize the book in one line: The book is about how to plan a city which helps ordinary people earn their public spaces, by actively participating in the planning. The book also explains why it’s essential for town planners to include citizens in planning their city. In the autor’s words, “Otherwise, it may turn into an empire of greed. It’s entirely up to us to decide what kind of city we want to live in. This the book explains using examples like Kalasatama.

Helsinki Beyond Dreams, chronicles, how the city implemented these strategies and allowed people to word with townplanners to create a dream city for themselves.

Helsinki Beyond Dreams illustrates how LQC interventions add up to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts by generating a more robust public discussion around public space. For that alone–never mind the crisp writing and beautiful illustrations–the book is well worth a read.