International ideas competition for planning Helsinki's South Harbour

South Harbour competition aims to provide Helsinki's residents with better access to the sea and the opportunity to experience and create urban culture.

During the World Design Capital year, Helsinki is seeking inspiring means by which residents can become involved in developing their living environment. As a basis for the competition, the City Planning Department surveyed the thoughts of nearly five hundred residents on the area and its future. The results of this survey are available to the entrants.

The competition is open to everyone, and entrants are encouraged to form design groups consisting of experts in a variety of fields. One of the jury members evaluating the entries is the American architect Steven Holl, who designed the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki.

The competition period is from 2 May to 30 September 2011 and the results will be announced in Spring 2012. A total of €165,000 will be distributed as prizes. A free seminar about the competition will be organised in Helsinki on 27 May 2011 and more information about the competition can be downloaded from www.southharbour.fi

Source: City of Helsinki