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Close-up: Miia-Liina Tommila, Emmi Keskisarja and Europan 12 Norway

Illustration: Vegard Aarseth. Project: Kaleidoscope Team.

For architects, Europan represents one of the largest and perhaps also the most exciting competition organisations in the world. Directed at young professionals of the architectural and urban design under 40 years of age and with a European degree or working in Europe, the Europan competitions have gathered talent and enthusiasm since their formation in 1988. In this exclusive interview, …

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House M-M: Cosy Grandezza

House M-M (Tuomas Siitonen, 2013). Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo /

Architecture critic Tarja Nurmi reviews House M-M designed by architect Tuomas Siitonen. The market for private houses and homes in Finland has for some time been overly dominated by so-called pre-fab or catalogue houses. Only a small percentage of private houses are designed specifically for an individual client or family, tailored for a certain site, and designed down to the …

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Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by Komitu Architects celebrated in Phnom Penh

Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by KOMITU Architects / Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2014. Photo: Montana Rakz.

Finnish architecture seems to have an expanding trait in socially and ecologically responsible design for third world communities. One of the most recent accomplishments is the Kouk Khleang Youth Centre by KOMITU workgroup completed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in January 2014. The main materials of the building are bamboo, compressed earth blocks and recycled plastic bottles. KOMITU architects have utilised these locally available …

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AR picks Rudanko + Kankkunen in the 30 under 30 selection

Sra Pou Vocational School, Cambodia. Photo credits: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen / Anssi Kankkunen

The prominent architectural magazine The Architectural Review has selected Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen from Helsinki, Finland, in their 2014 list of 3o projects by 30 architects under 30 years old. The 30 under 30 series, according to AR’s web site, “challenge the tired stereotype of architecture as an old man’s game.” Both Hilla Rudanko (b. 1987) and Anssi Kankkunen (b. 1983) received their …

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Found in Translation: Re-Creation in Shenzhen, China

Re-Creation. Installation by Lassila & Hirvilammi Architects at Shenzhen biennale, 2014. Photo: Pekka Turunen / MFA.

In the comedy-drama Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003), the main characters meet in Tokyo, but despite their apparent mutual attraction, the couple face intrinsic loneliness as they become to realise an irreconcilable difference between their life situations. The translatability of meanings seems to work more agreeably in architecture than in relationships. Museum of Finnish Architecture has taken an intriguing …

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