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  • The 13th Alvar Aalto Symposium will discuss the making of architecture

    The 13th Alvar Aalto Symposium will discuss the making of architecture

    The 13th International Alvar Aalto Symposium has invited an impressive group of renowned architects who will share their motives, sources of inspiration and methods in creating architecture. According to the organisers, there will be no project presentations but diving into the world of doing and creating architecture from the perspectives ... Read More »

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The Re-Creation installation transforms the Esplanade Park into a hotspot of architecture-related activities

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There will be something architectural going on in the Esplanade Park at the heart of Helsinki centre this summer. The two, small, odd-looking structures, designed by architect Anssi Lassila (OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture) and formally titled Re-Creation. The Resilience of Architecture, have just been opened for public and will be on display in Helsinki’s Esplanade Park until 13 September, ... Read More »

The Annual Rings exhibition is touring: a selection of wooden buildings now in Washington D.C.

Helsinki World Design Capital Pavilion (2011) by Pyry-Pekka Kantonen / Aalto Wood Program. Photo by Aki-Pekka Sinikoski, by courtesy of MFA.

The Annual Rings touring exhibition with 14 projects of contemporary Finnish architecture in wood from the last two decades is now on display at the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C, USA. The touring exhibition comprises of hand-picked highlights from the Annual Rings exhibition which was on display in Helsinki between 8 October 2014 and 25 January, 2015. The exhibition ... Read More »

The 1909 Nordic Meeting of Architects now included in The Guests of Hvitträsk exhibition

Eliel Saarinen, Loja Saarinen, Olga Gummerus-Ehrström and others. Photo: Cranbrook Archives.

Hvitträsk, the rural studio home of architects Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren and Herman Gesellius built between 1901–1903 in Kirkkonummi, housed many social functions and gatherings among the residents and their vast international circle of friends, colleagues, clients and acquaintances. The summer exhibition The Guests of Hvitträsk exhibits what sort of social functions took place at Hvitträsk and a gallery of ... Read More »

Here and Now: conversations with Juhani Pallasmaa now available on DVD

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The video recordings of the conversations between professor, architect and internationally acclaimed writer and lecturer Juhani Pallasmaa and architect Severi Blomstedt, are now available on DVD and on sale at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki. Two of the three video episodes have English subtitles. The Sammatti episode (58 min.) discusses architecture, creativity, visual arts, literature, philosophy and Gestalt ... Read More »

Aalto’s summer paradises at the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä

Weekend house by Alvar Aalto for the Insulite Company of Finland. The house was on display at the Paris World Fair in 1937. Drawing from the Alvar Aalto Museum collections.

Alvar Aalto’s prolific career included designs for more than 100 summer homes. A carefully curated selection of these is now on display at the Alvar Aalto Museum in Jyväskylä in the delightfully sunny gallery exhibition La Dolce Vita – Summer Paradises by Alvar Aalto. The exhibition embraces the versatility of Aalto’s architecture including various versions for pre-fabricated holiday homes, competition ... Read More »

Locus Foundation awards Marco Casagrande with the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture

Marco Casagrande. Photo: Ville Malja.

Marco Casagrande is one of the five awardees of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture 2015. Casagrande (b. 1971) is an internationally accalaimed Finnish architect, environmental artist and architectural theorist. He is the principal of the Casagrande Laboratory based in Finland and together with Hsieh Ying-Chun and Roan Ching-Yueh a partner of WEAK! based in Taiwan. The other Global Award ... Read More »

Hedwig Heinsman from DUS Architects: “Our objective is to consciously influence people’s everyday life”.

COCOON lounge space woven from 3 km inner bicycle tubes. Image credits: DUS Architects.

Hedwig Heinsman is one of the three founding members of the Amsterdam-based office DUS Architects. The young office boldly searches for interesting projects and ambitiously follows them through. Heinsman arrives in Finland in May, when she is a guest speaker at the Arkkitehtipäivät [Architect Days] event in Jyväskylä on 22.–23.5.2015. Architect Aino Toivonen interviewed Hedwig Heinsman with reference to her ... Read More »

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 »