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2006.02.19 | architecture, finland, helsinki | no coments »

a wonderful quote from eliel saarinen in 1931.

“we are confronted with a thick wall through which we have to force a way. this wall is composed of inertia on the part of bystanders; their inability to comprehend necessities of town planning derives from the evolution of the city. the same inertia is often a mere prop for officialdom in its state of suspended slumber”

“far sightedness is not synonymous with foolhardiness, rather. . .the ability to raise oneself above routine to a higher plane, to understand evolution and act accordingly. farsightedness is akin to having artistic imagination, while remaining firmly rooted in reality”.


2005.07.10 | architecture, helsinki, photo | no coments »

above: the näkötorni (lookout tower) at korkesaari (helsinki zoo) today in super warm (+28c) weather. (its about 10 pictures combined into one using autostitch)
below: the näkötorni last january, about -15c


2005.06.14 | architecture, helsinki, photo | no coments »

the new main escalator down to the metro station at the new kamppi bus/metro station in helsinki city centre that was opened a week or two back. its cordoned off to stop little kids/drunks/teenagers from trying to climb it.


2005.02.21 | architecture, helsinki, photo | no coments »

sanomatalo today.

planning panel

2004.05.11 | architecture, helsinki, planning | no coments »

we spent a few hours at the discussion panel this evening. there was about 9 people in the panel with another 100 or so in the audience. the presentation started off with a slide presentation of the propasals for keskipasila and then the two different architectural plans put forward by the two offices. i understood quite a lot of this, due to the slide and the person talking slowly, but when it came time for the panel discussion i was pretty much lost. anyway, from the first part i found out that the proposed second underground metro line here in helsinki will finish about 2minutes walk from my apartment!. from a document outside in the model presentation area i found out the route of the proposed new tram line (no.9) which goes by my apartment too. now, i need to go study the five different participle cases. they are driving me nuts.