Shorelines: Residential Areas by the Water discusses the maritime, lakeside and riverfront character of the greater Helsinki region. Finland has 320,000 kilometres of shoreline, and the waterfront areas are currently subject to intensive planning and restructuring. The book was published in conjunction with an exhibition which was on display in the Museum of Finnish Architecture between 28 March and 27 May 2012.
The waterside residential areas discussed include both established neighbourhoods and new developments such as the historical Katajanokka area and the converted industrial areas of Lauttasaari and Ruoholahti in Helsinki. Essays by Juhana Lahti, Eija Rauske and Panu Lehtovuori provide scholarly and historical depth to questions of shoreside housing design and city planning. The book is richly illustrated and its handy layout makes it a wonderful introduction to contemporary urban planning in Helsinki.