Musiikkitalo vai makasiinit? Erään symbolisen kamppailun anatomia

Warehouses or Music Hall – A Symbolic Dispute in the Front Yard of the House of Parliament

The front yard of the Finnish House of Parliament became the centre of several symbolic disputes when the city of Helsinki wanted to tear down the old railway warehouses situated there and build a music hall instead. The warehouses became a symbol for citizen participation in the urban planning due to the several small-scale activities taking place there. The symbolic protest set a complex political process in motion. During the process the dispute was framed in several ways. The symbolic protest politicised the relationship between the urban government and the citizen, the contents of urban culture and the methods of professional planning and created an arena for discussing the issues.

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