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Finnish rooftop sauna open in the heart of London

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As the celebration of Finland’s centenary of independence draws on its conclusion, a Finnish sauna has opened on the banks of the River Thames. The project is a result of Aalto University and Southbank Centre’s cooperation and will be open until December 30. The sauna is located on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof terrace in Southbank. The project is a …

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Walls Talk? seminar discusses architecture media – keynote from ArchDaily’s James Taylor-Foster

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WALLS TALK? Seminar on architecture communication and media October 12 at 16:30–19:30 Rakennustieto, Malminkatu 16 A, 8th floor Architecture and urban planning play a significant role in people’s everyday lives, but is it visible in the media? Welcome to meet media experts and discuss the future of architecture communication! The seminar focuses on the media around architecture, different ways of …

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Alvar Aalto Medal judge Toshiko Mori talks about the legacy of modernism – Winner of the 13th medal will be announced on Sept. 12, 2017

Toshiko Mori giving a lecture at the House of Culture in February 2017. photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Alvar Aalto Medal. Professor Toshiko Mori visited Finland last February for jury deliberations and gave a lecture in Helsinki House of Culture. The Finnish maestro’s work has made a mark on the New York-based architect. “In 1976, just having graduated from Cooper Union School of Architecture, I was so saddened to hear …

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People-driven City seminar tickets at special price for friends of Archinfo Finland

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‘Lähiöfest2017’ – festival of neighbourhoods brings together Helsinki city departments, private companies, entrepreneurs, NGOs, activists, and citizens. The festival’s main event, People-driven City seminar at the University of Helsinki on Friday Sept. 29, presents international speakers and interesting cases, eg. the co-winner of Mies van der Rohe Award 2016, the Dutch architect Xander Vermeulen Windsant who will present the award-winning …

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Two summer exhibitions in memory of Göran Schildt

The Schildts' home in Greece, Villa Kolkis. photo: Magnus Lindberg

The 100th anniversary of author Göran Schildt‘s (1917–2009) birth is celebrated this year in the beautiful coastal town of Tammisaari*. Next to the seaside park there is Villa Skeppet designed by Alvar Aalto for the Schildts as well as an old yellow wooden house known as Villa Schildt. This summer, Villa Schildt is hosting two small exhibitions, one of which …

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The new life of a modern masterpiece – what next for Säynätsalo Town Hall?

Participants of the Säynätsalo workshop. photo: Mirkka Vidgrén / Alvar Aalto Foundation

”To have a life, this building has to work for the community, not be a museum”, concluded architect David Fixler at the closing discussion of the Säynätsalo Town Hall workshop. The highly esteemed architect specialising in heritage conservation and adaptive re-use was invited to give a lecture and comment on the workshop focusing on the future and possibilities of Alvar …

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PES-Architects wins 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Award for Innovation

Winner of the 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Award for Innovation, Sino-Finnish Centre in Nanjing, China by PES-Architects.

PES-Architects have been awarded with the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project special award for Innovation for the Sino-Finnish Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation Centre in Nanjing, China. The annual awards celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects in eleven categories, in addition to which two special awards were granted this year. A total of over 220 proposals from almost 30 …

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Three Finnish projects among the Mies van der Rohe Award finalists!

Suvela Chapel by OOPEAA – Office for Peripheral Architecture shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Photo: Mika Huisman

The Mies van der Rohe Foundation announced today the shortlist of 40 projects competing for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Finland has an amazing three finalists: Opinmäki School by Esa Ruskeepää and two projects by Anssi Lassila’s OOPEAA, Suvela Chapel and Puukuokka Housing Block. Only France, Portugal and the UK – still member of the EU – …

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