Monthly Archives: December 2012

A very merry festive greetings from OURCity

OURCITY WISHESThe OURCity team wishes everyone a very merry festive season and good tidings for the new year.

Have a relaxing break.


OURcity Exhibition opening, STOA (07.11.12): more photos

Here are some photos from the OURcity exhibition opening in STOA on Wednesday the 7th of November 2012 (the dates on the photos are not the right ones).













The Alternative Master Plan lives on

OURcity is coming to a close by the end of 2012. We, the members of OURcity group, have decided that after the end of our project we will stop updating this blog. When this happens the blog will be an online documentation of OURCity project and will become part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 history.

One of the initiatives of OURcity project has been the drafting of the Alternative Master Plan (AMP) for Meri-Rastila. This particular initiative has got a life of its own, and continues to steer discussions. Everyone in OURcity is happy with the success of AMP.

You can follow the discussions about the Alternative Master-Plan here:

In you can follow one of the most recent discussions  (29th of November 2012). It must be clear that online public discussions taking place around the activities of OURcity project, are not guided by the members of OURcity group. Nevertheless, we are pleased that OURcity brings attention to the case of Meri-Rastila, the provision of services to immigrants, intercultural communication, and to the need for more inclusive and participatory planning processes.

How Was it for you? – A survey

OUTReach would like to thank all the 16 participants who took part in the recent survey aimed at finding out about how people from immigrant background access and experience the public services available in Finland. We are grateful for their time and most of all for placing their trust in us and allowing themselves to be as candid as possible during the interviews.
Outreach would also like to give our special thanks to the interpreters, Adam Adam, Fatma Yasa and Alexandra Khalitov who helped us throughout the interviews. Thanks too, to Jaana Pylkkänen for helping with establishing contacts in Meri-Rastila and for lending us her office for use as a private interview space.
Last but not least, we are grateful to the Human Resources Centre, Immigration Division, Helsingin Kaupunki, who assisted in funding the survey via the Personnel Centre’s Grant for Capacity Building for Immigrant Associations.
We are now in the process of collating the data. The findings will be made known in 2013 and plans for post-survey consultative activities are being considered.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!