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Architecture and Empathy seminar will discuss mirror neurons with Vittorio Gallese

Rut Bryk, Venetian Palace, 1955. Photo: Pirjo Honkasalo / Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation.

Celebrating the  centenaries of the births of Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985) and Rut Bryk (1916–1999), two influential figures in Finnish design, the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation invites to participate in their third jubilee seminar titled “Empathy in Architecture – Emotion and Embodied Simulation in Design” on 21 April 2015 in Helsinki. In addition to Dr. Prof. Vittorio Gallese , the ... Read More »

Pallasmaa Makes a Return to Italy

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Juhani Pallasmaa, the well-known Finnish architect and theorist, highly-regarded in international circles partly for his long term of service on the jury that assigns the Pritzker Prize, visited as a guest speaker and protagonist at a series of three conferences in Italy in March. The conferences gave Pallasmaa the ideal platform to present an Italian audience with his ideas and ... Read More »

Suomi Seven: The emerging generation raises expectations at the Museum of Finnish Architecture

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Suomi Seven: Emerging Architects from Finland, the spring exhibition at the Museum of Architecture in Helsinki, as its name suggests, presents seven Finnish architecture offices whose partners are still in their thirties and forties. The exhibition opens up an inspiring viewpoint on Finnish contemporary architecture, though one that also raises expectations. In the case of the offices that made the ... Read More »

Interview with Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano: Architects and the secret hidden agenda

Arvo Pärt Centre, Laulasmaa, Estonia. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, 2014–15. Project image by courtesy of the architects.

The Alvar Aalto Medal, presented during the recent Architecture Day seminar on 3 February, 2015, was this time awarded to the Spanish architect couple Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano. Architects Francesc Palomeras and Tiia Ettala interviewed the awardees in Hotel Klaus K in Helsinki before attending the award ceremony. This interview is a translation of the text “Arkkitehdit ja salainen missio”, ... Read More »

New Finnish brick architecture featured in Italian Costruire in Laterizio February 2015 issue

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Costruire in Laterizio, an Italian brick architecture and construction magazine, dedicates its February 2015 issue #161 to new Finnish brick architecture. The magazine features schools and housing designs by Oopeaa and Serum Architects, Alt Architects, Playa Architects, Architects Hannunkari & Mäkipaja, Verstas Architects and Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects Ltd. The presented projects exemplify creative use of brick especially in facade design and ... Read More »

Finnish expertise shortlisted for the A+ Awards 2015: vote for your favourites now

Mika Huisman's fabulous photos of the Seinäjoki Library (JKMM Architects, 2012) compete in the Architecture +Photography & Video category.

Architizer global online platform for architects and architecture has announced its shortlist for the A+ Awards 2015. Mika Huisman’s stunning photographs of the Seinäjoki Library (JKMM Architects, 2012) compete in the Architecture +Photography & Video category; and ALA Architects‘ renovation and extension design for the Kuopio City Theatre competes in the Hall / Theatre typology category. The public voting period ... Read More »

Lunch with Martti

Ultimate Exit, multimedia work, screen capture (Martti Kalliala and Daniel Keller 2014–15).

Martti Kalliala (b. 1980) is among Finland’s most versatile and independent architects of the young generation. He is an internationally interesting iconoclast, known for his theoretical and controversial designs, symposiums, installations and exhibitions – as well as techno music. Currently he is analysing the proposals for the Guggenheim Helsinki architecture competition as part of an exhibition the Guggenheim will hold ... Read More »