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OOPEAA’s Puukuokka housing block shortlisted for The Plan Awards 2015

The Puukuokka housing block in Jyväskylä by OOPEAA. Photo by Mikko Auerniitty.

The Puukuokka housing block designed by Anssi Lassila’s OOPEAA has been shortlisted for The Plan Awards 2015. The Plan Awards have been created and promoted by The Plan, an Italian architecture journal, to promote the work done by designers, academics, critics and students in the fields of architecture, design and city planning. The winners will be announced on 20 May, ... Read More »

Pleasant it is to be when death is near. Alvar Aalto’s unrealized cemetery and funeral chapel designs in Jyväskylä

Image from the Alvar Aalto Museum Collection

Hyvä on olla, kun on lähellä kuolemaa.
 Pleasant it is to be when death is near.
 – Uuno Kailas, 1931; English translation Sofia Singler Città dei Morti – City of the Dead, the spring exhibition at the Alvar Aalto Museum gallery in Jyväskylä, on until 17.05.2015, welcomes its visitors with the above quote from Uuno Kaila’s poem “In the Morning”, ... Read More »

Europa Nostra 2015 Award for the conservation of Aalto Library in Vyborg

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Europa Nostra, the pan-European network for Europe’s cultural and natural heritage, has announced today that the restoration of Alvar Aalto’s masterpiece, the Viipuri Library (Vyborg, Russia; built between 1933–35), is awarded with the Europa Nostra 2015 Award for conservation. The Jury were in no doubt they were dealing here with one of the major masterpieces of the modern movement in architecture. ... Read More »

Call for Abstracts: ARCHI+TECTONICS Architecture, Communities and Cities under Change

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Researchers, students and practitioners are invited to the 7th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research in Finland 22–24 October, 2015. The symposium is organised by the Department of Architecture at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, together with The Department of Architecture at the Tampere University of Technology and Oulu School of Architecture. This year, the symposium will ... Read More »

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 »