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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Alvar Aalto Academy’s autumn lecture on Sigurd Lewerentz


Alvar Aalto Academy invites to hear a public lecture entitled Sigurd Lewerentz: Flesh in the Air on Thursday 27 November 2014 at 17:00 at the Sähkötalo auditorium in Helsinki. Claes Caldenby, professor emeritus at Chalmers University of Technology, discusses the prolific career and life of the Swedish pioneer of functionalism, Sigurd Lewerentz (1885–1975). The lecture will be held in English and admission …

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Strong roots, a sturdy trunk and verdant crown: Wooden architecture’s annual rings at the Museum of Finnish Architecture

Kioski transformer, Wood Program 2002
© Kimmo Räisänen 2002.

Aalto University’s Wood Studio has for already twenty years been teaching Finnish and foreign architecture students to understand, handle and utilise wood as a building material in architecture. The present exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture provides strong evidence for what belief, passion and skill mean in the education of architects. Our expertise in wood seems finally to have …

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Images from a vanishing factory


The Centre for Creative Photography, based in Jyväskylä, has for already 25 years promoted photography and the networking of photographers both in Finland and internationally. The anniversary exhibition presents five photographers’ interpretations of the significance of a paper industry area in Tourujoki in Jyväskylä and its transformation into a new urban space. The photography exhibition Kangas – The Vanishing Paper …

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Nordic ID exhibition toured to Latvian Museum of Architecture

Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway designed by ALA architects. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

Nordic ID – Contemporary Nordic Architecture is an exhibition which was first produced by Project Baltia for the 3rd Moscow Architecture Biennale in 2012. The exhibition showcases selected projects from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Norway – five projects from each country – that somehow express contemporary regional identity. The 25 Nordic IDs have now been transported to Riga, Latvia where it is on display at the Latvian …

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Winy Maas at Wickberg Lectures 2014: Never Stop!

Dipoli. Reima ja Raili Pietilä, 1966.

“The Helsinki Guggenheim competition is insane!”, wailed Winy Maas when showing his calculations of jury duty with 1,715 entries and an exceptionally tight schedule. Maas, the director and founding partner of the epic MVRDV office, made his keynote speech at the 10th Nils Erik Wickberg Lectures at Dipoli, Espoo. Addressing a full house, he roused the audience with a direct question: how much value are we putting on new …

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Newtopias seminar in Espoo: Keynote by Winy Maas


Updated programme Quo Vadis Architectura? 10th Nils Erik Wickberg Lectures 2014 What is the role of Utopias in art, design, architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture today? Keynote: Winy Maas / MVRDV. Tuesday 23.9.2014 at 8:30-18:30, Dipoli Auditorio, Otaniemi, Espoo. Event announcement on Aalto University web site:      

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My Kuopio workshop at ANTI festival 24–25 September 2014

ANTI festival 2014. Lenine Bourke, Walking Neighbourhood.
Photo: Lenine Bourke

The ANTI Contemporary Art Festival celebrates its 13th festival autumn in Kuopio, Finland. This year, the focus is on children and teenagers, both as an artistic theme and as active participants in the production. The international art festival presenting live, sonic, visual and text-based art is recognised for site-specific works made for public space. The abundant festival programme in 2014 has been topped with the viewpoint of …

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South of North at the Helsinki Design Week festival 2014

Cassia Co-op Training Centre by TYIN tegnestue architects. Photo: Pasi Aalto.

The South of North network of 12 Nordic architects will present their works at a joint exhibition during Helsinki Design Week, 5–14 September 2014. The network also hosts a Nordic-African discussion event at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 19 September 2014 South of North is a Nordic collaboration project between twelve young architecture practices working in the non-profit sector …

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