Short film tribute to Aarno Ruusuvuori


Wednesday, the 14th of January 2015, marks the 90th anniversary of one the greatest Finnish modernists, architect Aarno Ruusuvuori (1925–1992). He is best known for his powerful works in concrete minimalism, but his long and esteemed career also entailed highly influential positions in several key institutions of Finnish architecture. Architect Helmi Kajaste pays homage to Ruusuvuori’s architecture with her short …

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Meet the Guggenheim Helsinki competition finalists on 16th Jan ’15

Helsinki South Harbor seen from the North-West. Image source: © Kaupunkimittausosasto and © Kaupunkisuunnitteluvirasto, Helsinki 2014.

The shortlisted 6 finalists of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition will participate in a free public lecture about their philosophy and practice at the Scandic Grand Marina hotel, Helsinki, on Friday, the 16th of January 2015 at 14:00. As announced by Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the six architectural teams will be visiting the site of the proposed new museum and receive …

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Joe Ravetz on the future of cities at SYKE, Helsinki on 21 January 2015

Shanghai in sunset. Image source: / djandydotcom.

Dr. Joe Ravetz (UK) will lecture about the future of cities and his new book Urban 3.0 at the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE (Mechelininkatu 34 A, Helsinki) on Wednesday 21 January 2015 at 9.15. Joe Ravetz is Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy at The University of Manchester. His main books include City-Region 2020 and the forthcoming …

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Supernatural, amazing, fabulous


LUX Helsinki is a five-day festival of light taking place in the Helsinki centre during 4–8 January 2015. Architect Anne Tervo paid a visit to the festival and tells about her impressions. Supernatural, amazing, fabulous On Sunday evenings it’s normally quiet in the centre of Helsinki. Presently, however, there are people milling around as if it was a May Day …

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Wood Winter Seminar at Aalto University 22 Jan ’15


Aalto University’s Wood working group invites to participate in a Winter Seminar titled Building Material Futures on Thursday 22nd January 2015 in Auditorium A1, Otakaari 1 X, Otaniemi, Espoo. The seminar aims to explore how timber will play a part in a more human-centred, resource efficient future. The programme will include two keynote talks as well as presentations covering a variety topics relating …

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Alvar Aalto Researchers’ Network meet at Rovaniemi 16–18 Feb 2015


The Alvar Aalto Researchers Network meets up between 16–18 February, 2015 in Rovaniemi, Finland. The event titled Aalto beyond Finland: Architecture and Design is second in the network’s history and will discuss up-to-date research on Aalto’s influence abroad and his international legacy. Keynote speakers include esteemed scholars such as Demetri Porphyrios, Rasmus Wærn and Peter Blundell Jones. The programme for the event has now been announced. Please consult the Alvar …

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Call for Papers: International Symposium on Architectural Education


Bauhaus-Universität Weimar invites to participate in the 5th international symposium on architectural education and its fields of research. The symposium titled Architecture Builds Knowledge takes place between 13–14 November 2015 at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in Germany. The organisers welcome contributions from all disciplines from art teachers, psychologists, architects, everybody who mediates architecture, museum educators, scientists, PhD students, to political decision makers concerned …

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Nominees for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015 announced

House Riihi by Oopeaa / Anssi Lassila. Photo: Jussi Tiainen.

Finnish architecture is in a fine company among the nominees for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the list of 420 projects five of which are located in Finland and one of which is designed by Finnish architects to Warsaw, Poland. Nominees in/from Finland Renovation and Extension …

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ALA’s extension for the Kuopio City Theatre featured on

ALA Architects. Extension and restoration of the Kuopio City Theatre (2014). Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

The widely known Russian architecture online publication has published an extensive review titled “Ready to Start” about the recent project by ALA Architects for the restoration and extension of Kuopio City Theatre. Architect Tarja Nurmi has paid several visits to Kuopio and carefully studied the renewed theatre from the perspectives of both the visiting audience and the professional challenges of contemporary theatre design. Nurmi writes appreciatively about the highly …

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