Significant donation from Nordea to Museum of Finnish Architecture

Lars Sonck and Valter Jung: Privatbanken aka Jugendsali, Helsinki 1904. Photo: Nils Wasastjerna.

Nordea Bank Finland Plc has made a significant donation to the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The contribution of hundreds of historically valuable drawings include, to name a few, the originals for the Jugendsali interior signed by Lars Sonck himself in 1903; Selim A. Lindqvist’s exquisite originals for the Aleksi 13 department store facade from 1898; and the extraordinary drawings for the refurbishment …

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K2S and ALA among A+Awards 2014 finalists

Arctia Headquarters by K2S Architects (Helsinki, Finland, 2013). Photo: Mika Huisman.

Architizer, a well-known native advertising platform for architects and designers, has announced the selection for the A+Awards 2014. The international jury consisting of more than 200 leading lights of the industry such as Liz Diller, Steven Holl and Bjarke Ingels, has selected five finalists in each of the over 60 categories available. This year, the finalists include two architectural offices …

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The Tel Aviv facet of the International Style

Tel Aviv exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture. Photo: Juho Haavisto and MFA.

The White City of Tel Aviv Exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture 12 February – 30 March, 2014. When one thinks about architectural functionalism in architecture, one visualises the pure, white, austere forms of functionalistic buildings. If critical, one may also frown on the monotonic uniformity of typical Western cityscapes and the ideals of functionalist city planning which in …

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Finnish Architectural Review 1/2014: The China Phenomenon


Over the years, China has become a major construction site for contemporary architecture. A large number of architects from all over the world have been engaged to renew Chinese cities. While many interesting buildings have been constructed, the functionality of these fast-growing cities in terms of urbanism remains to be seen. Of Finnish architects, most visibility in China has been …

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Italian-Finnish thoughts on creativity: Juhani Pallasmaa in Milan

Antonello Alici, Juhani Pallasmaa and Fulvio Irace in Milan on 26 February 2014. Photo: Claudia Castaldi.

Arianna Callocchia reports on Juhani Pallasmaa in Milan, Italy where the new Italian translation of The Thinking Hand (2009; La Mano che Pensa, Safarà Editore 2014) and the exhibition Studies in Silence has focused much attention. Italian-Finnish thoughts on creativity The architect and theorist Juhani Pallasmaa has returned once again to Italy as a guest speaker and the protagonist of a public …

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I ♥ Finland: Sarah Wigglesworth

Sarah Wigglesworth at the 12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium in Jyväskylä, Finland in August 2012. Photo: Olli-Pekka Orpo / Alvar Aalto Academy.

It’s August 2012 and I’m in Helsinki, a capital city on the edge of Europe. The 12th Alvar Aalto Symposium is opening tonight, marked by a gathering at his studio / house complex, now a museum. I’m nervous. Who holds a conference in August? Everyone is on holiday! Yet there are plenty of people at the party – they can’t …

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Open course on history of Finnish architecture

Kuva: Nea Ilmevalta

Museum of Finnish Architecture invites to take part in an intensive 10-day course on the essentials of the history of Finnish architecture. Join in and learn everything one needs to know: all lectures are free to attend and open for everyone.  The programme consists of lectures, walking tours and site visits in the Helsinki area. The course is part of …

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Open academic events in March 2014


Learning from Rwanda. Open lecture by architect, professor Peter Rich. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 13 Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Miestentie 3, Espoo, in hall 103 (1st floor) The lecture is part of the Public Buildings Kigali Master Class, funded by Asko Foundation. More information: Saija Hollmén, saija.hollmen (at) Sustainable Housing in Hokkaido. Research activities in Hokkaido and Aalto. Open lecture; …

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Apply for Helsinki City Research Grants

Photo: Nea Ilmevalta

The City of Helsinki Research Grants 2014 are open for application. The grants, totalling 73,000 euros, are intended for researchers with a higher university degree (MA or equivalent), working on a licentiate or doctoral thesis. Grants can also be awarded to post doc researchers. Grants will be awarded to 8–12 applicants, with each successful candidate receiving approximately 2,000 to 8,000 …

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Call for Applications: Boarding 2014 in Bordeaux, France


The esteemed architecture centre Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture established in 1981 in Bordeaux, France, together with École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux invite European architects, designers, landscape architects and urban designers, who have graduated after 2012, to submit projects to the Boarding exhibition organised in summer 2014. The theme for 2014 is interaction. The target of the …

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