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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Architecture and Empathy seminar will discuss mirror neurons with Vittorio Gallese

Rut Bryk, Venetian Palace, 1955. Photo: Pirjo Honkasalo / Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation.

Celebrating the  centenaries of the births of Tapio Wirkkala (1915–1985) and Rut Bryk (1916–1999), two influential figures in Finnish design, the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation invites to participate in their third jubilee seminar titled “Empathy in Architecture – Emotion and Embodied Simulation in Design” on 21 April 2015 in Helsinki. In addition to Dr. Prof. Vittorio Gallese , the …

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Pallasmaa Makes a Return to Italy


Juhani Pallasmaa, the well-known Finnish architect and theorist, highly-regarded in international circles partly for his long term of service on the jury that assigns the Pritzker Prize, visited as a guest speaker and protagonist at a series of three conferences in Italy in March. The conferences gave Pallasmaa the ideal platform to present an Italian audience with his ideas and …

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Suomi Seven: The emerging generation raises expectations at the Museum of Finnish Architecture


Suomi Seven: Emerging Architects from Finland, the spring exhibition at the Museum of Architecture in Helsinki, as its name suggests, presents seven Finnish architecture offices whose partners are still in their thirties and forties. The exhibition opens up an inspiring viewpoint on Finnish contemporary architecture, though one that also raises expectations. In the case of the offices that made the …

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“Architecture is a reflection of our memory.” Video of the Alvar Aalto Medalists’ Award Speech now online

Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto receive the Alvar Aalto Medal in Helsinki on 3 February, 2015. Photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA.

The highly regarded Alvar Aalto Medal was awared to Spanish architects Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto in Helsinki on 3 February, 2015. The award ceremony was the highlight of the Architecture Day festivities commemorating Aalto’s birthday. Architecture Information Centre Finland is proud to announce that the video recording of the Award Speeches by the esteemed architects is now available on …

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Open lecture course on the history of Finnish architecture starts at MFA

Kuva: Nea Ilmevalta

The Museum of Finnish Architecture and Aalto University, Department of Architecture, invite you to come and learn about the history of Finnish architecture with architect, lecturer Netta Böök at their free but intensive 2-week course starting at the museum (Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki) on Monday 16th March, 2015, at 16:15. The English-speaking lectures provide an introduction to the special features of …

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Joyful glimpse of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects’ portfolio at MFA

Photo Juho Haavisto / MFA.

In March, the small gallery at the Museum of Finnish Architecture showcases the long and triumphant career of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, rightfully regarded as one of the internationally most topical Finnish architectural practice at the moment. The exhibition is titled From Competition to Implementation – Projects 1982–2015 and it does exactly what it says on the tin: reminds of …

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Architecture Day 2015: Alvar Aalto Medal to Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano

Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto receive the Alvar Aalto Medal in Helsinki on 3 February, 2015. Photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA.

The Architecture Day, which marks Alvar Aalto’s birthday on 3rd February, was celebrated with an open seminar and the award ceremony of the prestigious Alvar Aalto Medal at the Helsinki City Hall yesterday. The Alvar Aalto Medal, now presented for the 12th time, was awarded to the Spanish architect duo Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano. The work of Nieto and …

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Europe City seminar on schools as public spaces at MFA on Wednesday 4 Feb 2015

Verstas Architects: Saunalahti School, Espoo (2012). Photo: Andreas Meichsner.

The Museum of Finnish Architecture invites to participate in a forthcoming Europe City seminar that discusses schools as public urban space.  How can school buildings serve the public as a venue for community meetings and recreational activities? The seminar will take place at the Museum in Helsinki on Wednesday 4th February, 2015 at 14:00–16:00. The event language is English, admission is …

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