Discover how new social innovations and grassroots initiatives can make cities more open, green and inspiring.

Helsinki Beyond Dreams explores new perspectives on a city in transition. The Finnish capital of Helsinki, recently cited as the world’s most livable city, is bubbling with new ideas and creative endeavors.

Find out how the rediscovery of traditional “everyman’s rights” is turning into an enchanting new narrative of community responsibility, participatory planning, urban farms and food carnivals.

This book is for anyone interested in making cities better places to live – for citizens, designers, decision makers and planners alike. Embedded in inspiring stories by urban activists, thinkers and artists, Helsinki Beyond Dreams presents ideas for better future cities that can be applied anywhere in the world.

Helsinki Beyond Dreams is edited and compiled by Finnish architect and urbanist Hella Hernberg and published by Urban Dream Management. The book is part of the official program of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

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Helsinki Beyond Dreams has been supported by the following foundations: National Council for Architecture, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Arts Council of Helsinki Metropolitan Region, and Grafia.

  • Helsinki Beyond Dreams is a book about new urban culture and how it can make a difference.