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Urban Pilot project coordinator at Helsinki City Planning Office

I am leading the Urban Pilot project at Helsinki City Planning Office during the year 2011. My work is about building the identity of former harbors in central Helsinki that are now being developed into urban districts. The job is closely related to my design and research work with Kotka harbor, and I am very happy to take the challenge to work with similar issues in Helsinki. The position is temporary, as I am replacing my colleague Meri Louekari during her maternal leave. In 2012 I will return to my own company and freelance work.

Co-working at Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

I have started a job at a well-known Finnish architecture office Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. The office specializes public buildings, office-buildings, housing, renovations and urban planning. See the latest projects at .

Giving Book Launch at New Museum by C-Lab

The book I was working on at Columbia University C-Lab with Jeffrey Inaba has been released yesterday at a lauch at the New Museum in New York. The book is available in bookstores in Europe and the US and on Amazon.

Quote from Jeffrey:

“In place of the pursuit of personal wealth, World of Giving presents a mindset revolving around generosity. It paints a picture in which giving animates all levels of human interaction, acknowledging that each and every one of us gives. From helping out an acquaintance to donating to a valued cause, we all provide in acts big and small that benefit the immediate recipient and often others as well. In this important exploration of the sentiments of our time, the authors describe the basic motivations for why we give in reference to examples such as local volunteering, philanthropy and the flow of aid through foundations, governments, multinationals and NGOs. The book details the process of working toward a greater good and shows that a gift transforms at numerous junctures as it circulates from giver to receiver. Articulating these intricate relationships, World of Giving offers an understanding of the actions that build bridges between goodwill and need, intention and realization.”

World of Giving is by Jeffrey Inaba and C-Lab in collaboration with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, New Museum and Lars Mueller Publishers.

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The Metropolitan Exchange blog

The MEx blog is for mostly for internal communication in our co-working space, but it also gives an overview of what is happening in the space.

Interboro’s new blog and book

The Arsenal of Inclusion/Exclusion is a blog that extends the themes of the Rotterdam Open City Biennale. It tells stories about tools that can be used to close or open the city to its inhabitants. These tools will soon be compiled into a book, Encyclopedia of Inclusion/Exclusion, of which I already made a mock-up for the IABR opening three weeks ago.

MEx in Architectural Record

Metropolitan Exchange -the space where I work in Brooklyn- got published in Architectural Record!

Co-working at Interboro Partners / MEx

I have started a new job at Interboro Partners urban design and research firm in Brooklyn, NY. I finished the book project at C-Lab two days ago, and luckily Interboro was flexible and let me start working for them earlier than planned. I am specializing in urban research, as my main projects will be a book on Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, “NORCs”, and projects on Newark, New Jersey. The latter include finishing redevelopment plan for the Newark area and starting a book/magazine for the residents about building regulations and best practices in the form of a comic book. I am excited about this job – the partners are extremely intelligent and friendly, and the working space (called the Metropolitan Exchange) is in an old factory building in 33 Flatbush, Downtown Brooklyn. In the space we have many design professionals working on their independent projects. So there should be interesting discussions and influences ahead!

Co-working at C-Lab, Columbia University

I am working as a researcher at C-Lab, Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting, for three months this summer. We are doing research for a book on mechanisms of giving in world economy, initially titled “Gift Economy”. The book will be finished by the beginning of September which is when I will leave the lab for another job in Brooklyn at Interboro Partners. It should be out in October 2010, published my Lars Müller and The New Museum.