SUVELA BAZAAR

In order to illustrate the research findings from the earlier phases of my case study, I decided to arrange an event that would be located along the pedestrian street Kirstinharju and its surroundings. The event would bring this important but unused route alive and highlight some of immigrant women’s everyday hubs – the residential park of Suvela and the kindergarten of Suvela – that I had discovered in my research. In addition, it would salute the old chapel of Suvela, celebrate the new chapel and shed light on the hidden secrets of Voimanpesä and the mosque of Suvela.

The event would also give an opportunity to ask visitors’ opinions about the temporary uses of the pedestrian street Kirstinharju and all the urban places it connects, which would be illuminating for city planning, since temporary uses often show the way to more permanent structures.

The flyer of the Suvela Bazaar in 2016.

The flyer of the Suvela Bazaar in 2016.

The name of the event, the Suvela Bazaar, stems from the pedestrian street Kirstinharju, its history and possible future; what it could have been and what it still could be: A central route full of bustling street life with openair cafes, ground floor shops, street musicians and artists, and just strolling people. The word ’bazaar’ also implies to the multicultural facet of the housing area today: ’Bazaar’ is a place of exchange – of products, services, experiences, skills and knowledge – which are essential for successful integration of inhabitants in the housing area whether they be immigrants or Finns. Thus the Suvela Bazaar resembles the target of the whole case study by visioning all this.