The international jury of the Next Helsinki competition announced the results on April 20, 2015 in Helsinki. The chair of the jury, Michael Sorkin notes, “We initiated this project out of a sense of both outrage and love. Outrage at the march of the homogenizing multi-national brand culture emblematized by the imperial Guggenheim franchise–the cultural equivalent of Starbucks–was what launched us."
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The Next Helsinki project grew out of concerns and critiques raised by the Guggenheim's design competition. This opened the doorway for an alternative, something completely different.
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- archdaily: Artists Seek Alternatives to Proposed Guggenheim Helsinki
- Archinect: The Next Helsinki counter-competition launches in response to Guggenheim Helsinki controversy
- Architect's Journal: Rival contest slams Guggenheim Helsinki shortlist
- Architizer: Michael Sorkin Talks Alternative Guggenheim Competition (excellent interview with Michael Sorkin)
- de zeen Magazine: Controversial Helsinki Guggenheim competition attracts record number of entrants
- The Guardian: Helsinki v Guggenheim: the backlash against the global megabrand is on
- Le Monde: A Helsinki, les anti-Guggenheim s'organisent (Next Helsinki, Anti-Guggenheim Group)
- Libreriamo: Guggenheim a Helsinki, la protesta dei cittadini intellettiali (Guggenheim a Helsinki, the protest of intellectual citizens)
- Metropolis: “We Mean to Be Provocateurs": Michael Sorkin on the Next Helsinki Competition
- YLE UuiSet: Guggenheim-tontille vaihtoehtoinen ideakilpailu - aloite USA (An alternative idea competition to Guggenheim - Initiative of the USA)
Next Helsinki, backed by Terreform, Finnish nonprofit arts organization Checkpoint Helsinki, the Gulf Labor an offshoot of Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (GULF) along with Occupy Museums announces a counter-competition to the official Guggenheim Helsinki competition, seeking submissions in any media across a wide range of disciplines and approaches. Jury chair Michael Sorkin states that this ethos encompasses “any representational conceit that [entrants] think is transparent to their intentions … inventive reflections on the future of Helsinki on any scale.”
The counter competition, covered in an article in Hyperallergic, represents a joining of forces between urban policy thinkers suspicious of neoliberal cultural development models, groups opposed to the Guggenheim’s Abu Dhabi outpost, and a long-standing local opposition in Helsinki seeking an institution more in line with the domestic art scene.