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Guggenheim Helsinki: Game On!

Competition site from Tähtitornin vuori park, looking northeast. Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has launched a two-stage architectural competition for a new museum building in Helsinki. The competition is organised in consultation with the City of Helsinki, the State of Finland, and the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA. The competition is managed by the London-based firm Malcolm Reading Consultants. Stage One is anonymous and the deadline for submissions is 10th September, 2014. All entries in …

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Finnish Architectural Review 2/2014: Are we protecting Aalto to death?

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Are we protecting Aalto to death? This is what Aalto researcher and Yale University Professor Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen asks. She warns us about unnecessary sterilisation and turning buildings into empty museums. When the protection of buildings is taken to extremes, instead of remembering our history, it can cause us loss of memory. Pelkonen reflects upon the criteria that set Aalto’s buildings …

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Architecture and Atmosphere Seminar 2 June 2014

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Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation organises a seminar on architecture and atmosphere to be held at the Finnish Film Foundation, auditorium Kino K-13 in Katajanokka, Helsinki, on Monday 2 June, 2014 at 15:00–18:30. How is the atmosphere of a space created? How do architecture and design contribute to the atmosphere? The concluding panel discussion will be led by Professor Juhani Pallasmaa. …

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Exhibition of Aalto’s collaborators at Studio Aalto

Lappeenranta University of Technology (1969) by Jaakko Kontio and Kalle Räike, Valkeakoski Cultural and administrative center (1966) by Kaarlo Leppänen, and Jägarbacken housing in Tammisaari (1967) by Eric Adlercreutz and Nils-Hinrik Aschan.

A new exhibition at Studio Aalto in Munkkiniemi, Helsinki takes viewers on a journey into the works of architects for whom Aalto’s office was a springboard to fame. The exhibition focuses on the architects Jaakko Kontio, Kaarlo Leppänen and Eric Adlercreutz and it is based on Miguel Borges de Araújo’s forthcoming PhD thesis. “The items in the exhibition are from the latter …

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Finnish success in Wolfsburg Bildungshaus competition

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An international team lead by architect Esa Ruskeepää from Finland has been chosen among the three finalists in the open architectural competition for Wolfsburg Bildungshaus in Germany. The brief was to design c. 16.700 square meters for the new city library, media centre, adult education centre and extension for an existing secondary school building. The competition site is located close to …

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TamArk’s lecture series end with Alvisi-Kirimoto + Partners

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TamArk’s visiting lecture series end with a lecture by Arabella Rocca from Alvisi-Kirimoto + Partners. The lecture event will take place at Rakennustalo, room RD203 in Tampere on Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 15:00. The event is free and open for everyone. After the lecture there is an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about Alvisi-Kirimoto’s projects. Alvisi-Kirimoto + Partners have designed a wide …

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TamArk’s lecture series continue with Samuli Woolston from ALA

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TamArk’s new visiting lecture series continue with ALA architects; the office was chosen in a student vote for the next performer. Samuli Woolston, one of the partners, will give his lecture on Tuesday 15 April 2014 at the concrete steps (RO107) at 14:15 at the Tampere Technical University. The event is free and open for everyone. After the lecture there …

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K2S and ALA among A+Awards 2014 finalists

Arctia Headquarters by K2S Architects (Helsinki, Finland, 2013). Photo: Mika Huisman.

Architizer, a well-known native advertising platform for architects and designers, has announced the selection for the A+Awards 2014. The international jury consisting of more than 200 leading lights of the industry such as Liz Diller, Steven Holl and Bjarke Ingels, has selected five finalists in each of the over 60 categories available. This year, the finalists include two architectural offices …

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Finnish Architectural Review 1/2014: The China Phenomenon

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Over the years, China has become a major construction site for contemporary architecture. A large number of architects from all over the world have been engaged to renew Chinese cities. While many interesting buildings have been constructed, the functionality of these fast-growing cities in terms of urbanism remains to be seen. Of Finnish architects, most visibility in China has been …

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