Narratives that Form the City

In today’s Finland-Swedish national daily Hufvudstadsbladet (10.3.2015), there’s a long article on my research on narratives in city planning, under the title “Berättelserna som formar staden” – “Narratives that form the city”. ameel-berättelserna

My main point – which is explored, of course, at more depth in my research – is that planning is a form of communication, in which narrative structures form crucial construction blocks. An analysis that draws on concepts and frameworks from literary studies can thus provide new insights in the ways in which new urban developments are constructed. This goes beyond an interest in mere branding: my contention is that narratives guide and structure not only the conception of planning project, but also the construction on the ground, in particular in the form of narratives in legally binding planning documents. More on my research project here.


Helsinki in Haydn’s Time

The Kamus quartet is organizing a fascinating series of chamber music concerts: Teema@Helsinki.

The series has a spatial theme, and is organized around central locations in Helsinki. The series starts Tuesday 7.10 with a Benjamin Britten concert at Suomenlinna.

I’m very much looking forward to introducing their Haydn concert at the magnificent House of the Nobility Sunday, 22.3, with a short exposé on Helsinki in Haydn’s time.