Creation of an ideal housing estate – the Finnish garden city Tapiola

Kristo Vesikansa, Laura Berger

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperScientificpeer-review


This paper focuses on one specific suburb: Tapiola garden city built close to Helsinki, Finland. We suggest that Tapio-la provides an interesting case through which to analyse the relationship between an existing piece of architecture and how the meanings associated with it have been produced. In order to do this, we draw on the concept of ideal type’, de-veloped by Max Weber. We assert that Tapiola has been given an exemplary role: it has in a sense stood for ´all Finnish housing estates´.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventCongresso AISU: The global city. The urban condition as a pervasive phenomenon - Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Architettura, Bologna, Italy
Duration: 11 Sep 201914 Dec 2019
Conference number: 9


ConferenceCongresso AISU
Internet address


  • Tapiola garden city
  • post-war housing estates
  • ideal type

Field of art

  • Architecture

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Creation of an ideal housing estate – the Finnish garden city Tapiola'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this