Production in dispersion: El Ranchito programme culminates at HIAP, Suomenlinna

Elii. Potlatch, El Ranchito, Matadero Madrid, Spain. Photo: Miguel de Guzman (Imagen Subliminal).

Helsinki International Artist Programme HIAP has co-hosted a bipolar artist residency programme that culminates in October 2014 at Suomenlinna, Helsinki. El Ranchito Finland, the first phase of which was exhibited during the ARCO Madrid art festival in February–March 2014 as part of the #FocusFinland theme, has brought together a cross-disciplinary group of eight Finnish and Spanish artists or groups for six weeks in residency in …

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Images from a vanishing factory


The Centre for Creative Photography, based in Jyväskylä, has for already 25 years promoted photography and the networking of photographers both in Finland and internationally. The anniversary exhibition presents five photographers’ interpretations of the significance of a paper industry area in Tourujoki in Jyväskylä and its transformation into a new urban space. The photography exhibition Kangas – The Vanishing Paper …

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Nordic ID exhibition toured to Latvian Museum of Architecture

Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway designed by ALA architects. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

Nordic ID – Contemporary Nordic Architecture is an exhibition which was first produced by Project Baltia for the 3rd Moscow Architecture Biennale in 2012. The exhibition showcases selected projects from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Norway – five projects from each country – that somehow express contemporary regional identity. The 25 Nordic IDs have now been transported to Riga, Latvia where it is on display at the Latvian …

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Open international ideas competition for the MH17 Memorial


The Matterbetter platform invites participants in the open, international ideas competition for the memorial and park that honour the victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17) shot down in Ukraine on 17 July 2014. All 283 passangers and 15 crew members died in the tragedy. The site is located in the centre of Amsterdam on the Marine Establissement area on the Kattenburg island. The competition …

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493 likes on Facebook: break 500 and win a book!


Architecture Information Centre Finland has reached 493 followers on our Facebook profile Archinfo Finland since January 2014. Like us and break 500! Our prize for the lucky 500th follower is a copy of the brand new exhibition catalogue Suomi Seven: Emerging Architects from Finland. The exhibition is on display at Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM in Frankfurt, Germany between 6 September 2014 – 18 January 2015. …

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Nordic Journal of Architectural Research 1/2014 is out


The Nordic Journal of Architectural Research has just published its newest issue 1/2014 which is composed of mixed research papers from Finland, Denmark and Norway. Topics discussed include architectural photography, participatory design, post-war type-planned houses in Lapland, commuting bicyclists’ aesthetic experiences, and Danish lighting trends. The issue is completed with a book review about Architectural Competitions – Histories and Practice edited by Jonas E. Andersson, Gerd Bloxham Zettersten …

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Winy Maas at Wickberg Lectures 2014: Never Stop!

Dipoli. Reima ja Raili Pietilä, 1966.

“The Helsinki Guggenheim competition is insane!”, wailed Winy Maas when showing his calculations of jury duty with 1,715 entries and an exceptionally tight schedule. Maas, the director and founding partner of the epic MVRDV office, made his keynote speech at the 10th Nils Erik Wickberg Lectures at Dipoli, Espoo. Addressing a full house, he roused the audience with a direct question: how much value are we putting on new …

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The User – a Thousand-Headed Monster?

Image by Juho Hiilivirta for Antti Pirinen's essay in The Finnish Architectural Review 4/2014. Image by courtesy of ARK.

Antti Pirinen, who recently finished his doctor of arts degree at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, His dissertation entitled Dwelling as Product: Perspectives on Housing, Users and the Expansion of Design (Aalto ARTS Books 2014) argued that dwelling increasingly resembles other industrial products and as such, should be approached as a composite adaptive product embedded in material reality that mediates the intentions of producers, designers, …

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Finnish Architectural Review 4/2014: A Socially Richer Everyday Life


Community-oriented housing brings something new to the otherwise one-sided housing production in Finland. Architect Anna Helamaa writes about the principles of cohousing, including examples from Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. “Communal dining, car-sharing and neighbourly help alleviate everyday stress and make living socially richer,” states Helamaa. At its best, architecture encourages encounters and supports the objectives of cooperation. There are …

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Paimio Sanatorium receives a significant Getty grant for conservation


Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium (1933) is among the ten modern buildings selected to receive funding under the philantrophic grant initiative Keeping It Modern by The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles. According the Alvar Aalto Foundation press release, the architectural conservation grant of $180,000 will be used for a comprehensive conservation management plan – the first of this magnitude in Finland. In addition to …

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