PUC × WDC Helsinki 2012

Helsinki Beyond Dreams

The book Helsinki Beyond Dreams explores new perspectives on Helsinki, a city in transition.

Lippakioski: The Vintage Helsinki Kiosk

In Helsinki we stumbled upon the infamous Lippakioski, a historical kiosk that serves Helsinki’s urban life from the 1930s on.

Turn Table: An Urban Farm And Restaurant In The Middle Of The City

'Turn Table — The Urban Garden' is a newly opened city farm and restaurant located in Helsinki's old Pasila railway area. The idea behind the restaurant is to grow, prepare and serve food all in the same place.

Run Your Own Pop-Up Restaurant On Restaurant Day

Eat. Drink. Enjoy! Words to live by for residents of Helsinki, World Design Capital 2012. As mentioned in a recent article, Helsinki hosted its 5th worldwide Restaurant Day. Restaurant Day is an international food festival of sorts, where anyone can be a restauranteur for a day. You can set up a pop-up restaurant, café or a bar in your home, office, the park, or even the beach!

Tio Tikka, Food (Truck) Pioneer

Helsinkian Tio Tikka is only 21 years old. Yet, he has already been the brains behind some great food concepts in the Finnish capital. At the age of 19 he popped up in downtown Helsinki's public space with a Citroën Camionette truck that he had turned into a 24/7 crêperie/coffee bar on wheels. His struggle with the local authorities over street-selling permits paved the way for a (very) humble street food culture in Helsinki. We had a chat with Tio during our Helsinki visit, in his new restaurant/club Suola that he opened three weeks ago.

This Flower Shop Is A Coffee Bar At The Same Time

Last year we pinpointed the Everything Is A Coffee Bar trend, which involves increasing numbers of urban services and shops that merge with coffee bars. Fleuriste is yet another example that goes with this idea.

Cleaning Day Turns The City Into One Big Flea Market

On Cleaning Day every urbanite can sell or donate his/her furniture, clothes, gadgets and more, right on the street.

Kanto: A Pop-Up Sauna In Public Space

During our trip to World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 last weekend, we stumbled upon a wooden sauna right in the middle of Munkkisaari, a raw urban harbor area in the South-Western part of the city.

Helsinki: Food In The Boom

Helsinki recently updated its food strategy. Old market halls are re‐invented and local creative minds of the food culture are planning ahead towards World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 and beyond.

HEL YES! Helsinki Food And Design

HEL YES! brings the tastes and designs of Helsinki to a pop-up restaurant for 15 days in Kalasatama, an old harbor area in Helsinki.