Finnish Architectural Review 3/2015: The small-scale city

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The newest issue of the Finnish Architectural Review discusses small scale especially within the framework of urban housing.  Professor Hannu Huttunen highlights an alternative to tall and big which have in recent years dominated the debate about the Finnish city. According to Huttunen, a vibrant city can grow also at a small scale. For example, in the metropolis of London, …

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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, …

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Architizer A+ Awards 2015 Special Mention to the Biofore House by Helin & Co

Biofore House: UPM Group head office by Helin & Co Architects (2013). Photo: Marc Goodwin, by courtesy of Helin & Co.

Architect Pekka Helin and his team at Helin & Co Architects have received the Architizer A+Awards 2015 Special Mention in the Office – Mid Rise (5–15 floors) Category for their design of the Biofore House in Helsinki. The building houses the head office of the Finnish pulp, paper, timber and biofuels manufacturer UPM. Helin & Co Architects has gained a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Finnish Architectural Review 2/2015: Nieto & Sobejano, On criticism, Five houses

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The Finnish Architectural Review 2/2015 portrays Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, a Madrid-based architect couple. They were awarded the Alvar Aalto Medal in February, 2015, as an acknowledgement of significant architectural work. The architects are known for their exquisite museum designs. The Arvo Pärt Centre in Estonia is one of the designs currently at the planning stage. Important themes in …

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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 …

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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 …

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