3-Year Birthday Offer: 30% Off

Helsinki Beyond Dreams is now 3 years!

To celebrate the birthday, we have lowered the book price 30%. You can now buy the book for 24.90€ at our webshop and at various retailers.

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CHRISTMAS OFFER: 25% off until 20 December 2013!


If you haven’t a copy of Helsinki Beyond Dreams yet, now is your chance! We offer the book for 27 euros (25% off normal price) until 20 December 2013.

Remember to order soon if you want the book delivered before Christmas!
Destination: Final date to order for delivery before Christmas (shipping price)
Finland: 16/12 (Economy mail 3€) | 17/12 (Priority mail 5€)
Nordic Countries: 12/12 (Economy 7€) | 17/12 (Priority 9.25€ except Norway 14€)
Europe: 11/12 (Economy 7€) | 16/12 (Priority 9.25€ – Non-EU countries 14€)
Canada and USA: 4/12 (Economy 7€) | 12/12 (Priority 14 €)
Other countries | 1/12 (Economy 7€) | 8/12 (Priority 14 €)

Happy Christmas times!
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(Please note the dates are provided by Finnish Post, and Urban Dream Management cannot take responsibility of any changes in the delivery schedules.)


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2nd edition out now!

In between sailing and biking trips around summery Helsinki we are glad to announce that the second edition of Helsinki Beyond Dreams has just arrived  from the printing house. The books are again available online or from our retailers. The content of the second edition is the same as the first, except some minor corrections (meaning that the new one is even a bit better!).

Since our latest news update, we have also delivered books to some new stockists around the world, including Bookhandeln Konst-ig in Stockholm, Your Mind in Seoul and Basheer Graphic Books in Singapore. See our full list of retailers here.

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Monocle Shop and William Stout Books

It is our pleasure to announce that Helsinki Beyond Dreams is now reaching better availability around the world through our favourite retailers. Monocle Shops in London, New York, Hong Kong and Toronto, and the legendary William Stout Architectural Books in San Francisco are now stocking this title.

This gives a great push towards 2013. We wish everyone a brilliant New Year!



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Book Review by Project for Public Spaces

Along the summer we’ve been delighted to see a lot of blog posts and newspaper articles popping up in connection to Helsinki Beyond Dreams. Here’s a link to an extensive review of Helsinki Beyond Dreams by Brendan Crain from Project for Public Spaces. This text really captures well the essential message of the book, which applies to many cities around the world, not only Helsinki.

“Helsinki Beyond Dreams illustrates how LQC [lighter, quicker, cheaper] 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.”

Another blog post well worth reading is an interview by Pop-Up City, unfolding the background of Helsinki Beyond Dreams and offering more insight into some of the projects presented in the book. For Helsinki enthusiasts, Pop-Up City offers a lot more of Helsinki-related articles too.



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The Magic of Sac Magique

“This was just about the most fun I have ever had doing a project,” says Sac Magique, the fantastic illustrator behind the cover and main illustrations of Helsinki Beyond Dreams. Have a look here at his magical works.

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Upcoming Events, Autumn 2012

Upcoming presentations and discussions with Hella Hernberg and Helsinki Beyond Dreams this autumn. Welcome!

28.8. Miniseminar: Designing for Better Cities at Design Forum Shop, Helsinki.

29.8. Lecture: “Everyman’s Urbanism” at the 4th Sustainable Summer School Expert Day at WDC Pavilion, Helsinki

6.9. Breakfast discussion: Co-creating a Sustainable City. Co-moderated with Ida Kukkapuro, at +Studio Breakfast series – Shaping the Future.

7.9. Panel discussion: ARMI Open workshop – Urban Brain Stream at Huutokonttori, Jätkäsaari, Helsinki

10.9. Book of the Month: Helsinki Beyond Dreams / Hella Hernberg at Stoa, Helsinki. Interview by urban sociologist Pasi Mäenpää.

8.10. Delice – annual meeting of the global food cities network. Presentation with Kirsti Tuominen about Helsinki Beyond Dreams and Restaurant Day.

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Monocle 06/2012 and Monocle Daily

We are really happy to have been covered in so many media articles lately, but this one of course made us especially glad: Helsinki Beyond Dreams in the July/August issue of Monocle! In the same issue, the famous quality of life survey, where Helsinki still ranks high as 2nd best city in the world.

You can also listen to us on Monocle Daily evening news, 12/07/2012.


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Yle News, 11 July

Helsinki Beyond Dreams made the way to the evening news yesterday! Yle, the Finnish national broadcaster, published an inclusive story of Helsinki’s flourishing urban culture, featuring We Love Helsinki, Restaurant Day, us and the newly launched local “factory”, Made in Kallio, together with comments from our cultural minister.

»Watch the news here (the story of urban culture starts at around 18:15)

»Read the article “Helsinki on uusi Berliini” (Helsinki is the new Berlin) here


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Helsingin Sanomat, 28 June

On 28 June, Finland’s biggest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat featured us with almost a whole spread of articles. The deputy mayor of Helsinki, Pekka Sauri wrote a review of Helsinki Beyond Dreams (right), and with HS editors, we went on a journey to find new, undiscovered gems around the city.

»Read the book review here


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