Kera New Street

In the summer of 2022, the future of streets will be piloted in the Kera district. The aim of the pilot project was to showcase and raise awareness of the sustainable everyday solutions in the Kera of the future. The spatial experience invited visitors to feel and envision the streets of the future and the solutions needed for them to be realized.

The pilot for future streets will be built in front of the entrance to Keran hallit.

In summer 2022, Keran hallit(external link) housed a pilot where urban solutions and urban environment of the future were studied. The pilot installation at Keran hallit studied and showcased the opportunities of the urban space and urban environments of the future, sustainable everyday solutions and design methods in Kera, and forms of interaction. The new street consisted of lush spots for sitting down and an engaging street space: What could a street in Espoo look like in 2030?

The installation, named The New Street in Kera, was be implemented to match the conditions and scale of an authentic urban environment. Visitors learned about new urban technology, opportunities for recreation and play in street spaces, and solutions that support biodiversity and circular economy. During the pilot, ideas and views were sought together with residents of different ages regarding the use of streets. 

The Kera district, which is undergoing a transformation from a former logistics area to the flagship of sustainable development, offers a unique environment for testing the solutions of the future. The street pilot took place at Keran hallit, a facility in temporary use, which also houses the largest mural cluster in Finland, local production from breweries to urban cultivation, and a sports centre that offers various services. 

The installation was implemented as cooperation between the City of Espoo and the designer trio of Päivi Raivio (Parkly Oy), Kimmo Rönkä (Rönkä Consulting Oy) and Pekka Pakkanen (Planetary Architecture Oy). 

The New Street in Kera was implemented by the ‘Smart and Clean – Collaborative Kera’ project, which receives ERDF funding from the structural funds programme ‘Sustainable growth and jobs 2014–2020’, granted by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.