Urban Renaissance of Laajasalo
Street is the basic building block of a city. Streets provide the structure around which cities are built. A street is a diverse environment: all different aspects of urban life are gathered around it: housing, eating, transportation, retail, services, offices, even workshops for producing goods.
Historically streets had also their dark side. The dense and diverse streetscape provided place for also sickness and squalor to spread, and the factories of the early industrialized era polluted air with smoke and soot. The functionalist solution to that was to break up the street, and locate all different functions in their own isolated areas, where housing was safe from the pollution of industry.
But times change. Industrial processes have been greatly improved reducing pollution, healthcare and understanding has all but eradicated disease from western metropolises, and the inherent inefficiencies of the functionalist city have become apparent as highways become more and more congested. It’s time for the humble street to make a comeback. It’s time for future, it’s time for the Urban Renaissance of Laajasalo.