Meet the Makers of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Marco Steinberg


Architecture Information Centre Finland has produced a series of video interviews with some of the Finnish key figures who participate in the making of the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016. Our first interviewee is architect Marco Steinberg, curator of the Finnish pavilion exhibition produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in collaboration with us. Finland at the …

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JKMM Architects chosen in the “IN practice” book of best European architecture firms

The four parters of the JKMM Architects. From the left: Samuli Miettinen, Asmo Jaaksi, Juha Mäki-Jyllilä and Teemu Kurkela. Photo by Akseli Valmunen.

The “IN practice” research project and high-profile international network has selected JKMM Architects from Finland to be included in their new book of best European architecture firms operating outside of the so-called “starchitect” elite. The book, which represents the state of committed architecture in Europe, will be published at Palazzo Windmann on the 26th May, 2016, in conjuction with the opening …

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Fine Finnish studios at the Time-Space-Existence exhibition 2016

ALMA Atacama Residence by Architects Kouvo & Partanen.

The official programme of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 includes the “Time Space Existence” exhibition which is open for public from 28 May to 27 November, 2016. The exhibition takes place at two prestigious locations hosted by the European Cultural Centre: Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo Mora. The exhibition has been produced by the Global Art Affairs Foundation and it presents over 100 …

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Call for Papers: The 8th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research

The 7th Architecture Research Symposium at Oulu University, Faculty of Architecture in 2015.

Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture, calls for papers for the 8th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research which will be organised in Tampere between 27th and 29th October, 2016. The symposium provides international keynote lectures, high quality research papers and a relaxed arena of encounter and discussion. Participation without a presentation or a paper is also possible. Languages of the …

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Forum Wood Building Nordic 2016 Conference in June at the Aalto University

Image from the Annual Rings 1994-2014 exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in 2014. Photo: AV/Archinfo.

The forefront of architects, engineers, researchers and business leaders working on wood in architecture, construction, production and building will gather at the 5th Forum Wood Building Nordic conference which will be held at the Aalto University in Espoo between 15th and 17th June, 2016. The topics discussed at the 3-day conference range from emerging technologies and restoration to business cases and timber structures. Keynote speakers …

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Alvar Aalto Museum gallery exhibition looks at gardens and landscape architecture

Down the Stairs to a Shady Grove - Dialogues in Finnish Garden Design and Architecture exhibition. Photo: AV

The “Down the Stairs to a Shady Grove” exhibition, which enchanted visitors of the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki last year, has travelled to the Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery in Jyväskylä. The captivating show studies the relationship between architecture, gardens and landscape with a variety of examples from different eras. The applauded exhibition has been curated by the head of archives at the MFA …

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Aalto loved Italy and Italians love Aalto

Alvar Aalto's sketch for the Riola church and parish centre. Bologna, Riola di Vergato, Piazza Alvar Aalto. 1966–69, 1975–80, 1984–85. © Alvar Aalto Museum.

Once again Italy pays tribute to the famous Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto. In 1964, the Milan Polytechnic awarded him an Honorary Degree in occasion of its centenary. This year, it organized an international seminar entitled “Alvar Aalto e l’Italia”, Alvar Aalto and Italy. The 2-day conference was held on 13–14 January, 2016 in the Rogers lecture hall of …

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Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects: Slowness Dignified. Public lecture on 11 May, 2016

KWIECO Shelter House, Moshi, Tanzania. Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects / Ukumbi NGO, 2015. Photo: Juha Ilonen.

With reference to Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects’ forthcoming presentation at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 main exhibition, architect Saija Hollmén will give a public lecture at the Museum of Finnish Architecture on Wednesday 11 May, 2016, at 18:00. The lecture titled Slowness Dignified will discuss the firm’s architectural ideas, working methods and projects. Ms. Saija Hollmén will lecture in English; Museum admission fee 8/4/0 €.

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Maximal | Minimal: Alvar Aalto Design Seminar 27–28 August, 2016


The 8th International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar titled Maximal | Minimal will discuss an array of topics from arts & crafts to the lighting of cities and ecologically sustainable manufacturing. The seminar will be chaired by esteemed interior architect, Professor Simo Heikkilä and it will take place on 27–28, August, 2016, in Jyväskylä, Finland. For further information about the event, the programme and tickets, please visit: www.alvaraaltodesignseminar.fi.

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The Nordic Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016


The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 will discuss the so-called “Nordic Spirit” in recent architecture of Finland, Sweden and Norway. The 300 projects are exhibited under the title “In Therapy: Nordic Countries Face to Face” and the exhibition has been thematised into three categories. Foundational exemplifies architecture that cares for basic needs; Belonging focuses on architecture that embodies or encourages public engagement; and Recognition is about …

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