Video: Urbanflow Helsinki

  • 16 Jul 2011
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Building an operating system for everyday life, Urbanflow Helsinki, imagines how to address the changing city and connecting it to its people. A concept from Nordkapp and Urbanscale, Urbanflow plans to help visitors and tourists find and get to where they want to go, and provide a more serendipitous city for locals.

This concept is the first of many, check in August for more detailed information about the case and it’s background.

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Video: Urbanflow Helsinki" 16 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <>


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    I like the concept – for many European cities such as Helsinki where public pedestrian plazas and park spaces are plentiful, it does make sense to introduce this idea of a digital kiosk for geolocating transit, business, hotels, and nearby amenities and services. However, many residents in Helsinki as well as tourists are more mobile with smartphones. Mobile apps and mapping applications are available. I think that Urbanflow Helsinki would best be rolled out as a mobile application, or at least a kind of mobile phone integration with the city map / guide kiosk would be more useful for both residents and visitors. On a separate note, Douglas Coupland’s V-Pole serves a much more interesting purpose. Rather than informational or content-driven, the V-Pole idea provides Wi-Fi hot spots around a city as well as the ability for electric vehicles the ability for recharging. When asking, what does a city need in terms of this kind of light infrastructure, the V-Pole makes a bit more sense. You can also geofence a mobile web site around the V-Pole for example to provide the kind of content supplied from Urbanflow Helsinki when users tap into the wireless offered. Using a smartphone, users could locate themselves with the mobile web site and tap into the various mapping and informational services. How cool is that?

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