Finnish Architectural Review 1/2014: The China Phenomenon


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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Open academic events in March 2014


Learning from Rwanda. Open lecture by architect, professor Peter Rich. Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 13 Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Miestentie 3, Espoo, in hall 103 (1st floor) The lecture is part of the Public Buildings Kigali Master Class, funded by Asko Foundation. More information: Saija Hollmén, saija.hollmen (at) Sustainable Housing in Hokkaido. Research activities in Hokkaido and Aalto. Open lecture; …

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Call for Applications: Boarding 2014 in Bordeaux, France


The esteemed architecture centre Arc en Rêve Centre d’Architecture established in 1981 in Bordeaux, France, together with École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux invite European architects, designers, landscape architects and urban designers, who have graduated after 2012, to submit projects to the Boarding exhibition organised in summer 2014. The theme for 2014 is interaction. The target of the …

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Pekka Salminen’s PES-Architects victorious in China

Strait Culture and Art Centre, Fuzhou, China. Image: PES-Architects 2014.

When discussing the international promotion of Finnish architectural expertise, Professor Pekka Salminen is the right person to explain what the export of architecture means in practice and what could be done in Finland to promote it. The inspiring studio of PES-Architects, whose head office is situated in Marjaniemi in Helsinki, has been involved already for decades in international projects, for …

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Arkki exports architecture education to Greece


The Helsinki-based Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth announces to launch international activities with a new architectural education programme for children and youth in Greece and Cyprus.  Arkki will be producing the new programme in partnership with DESIGNEMBASSADOR.COM UG, which specializes in the design of festivals, events, conferences and workshops. ”Metropolization has brought ecological problems and the challenges …

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Hilla Rudanko: Thoughts on architecture as change catalyst

Drawing ideas for new doors. Sra Pou Vocational School in Cambodia (Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen, 2010–2012). Photo: Anssi Kankkunen.

Is contemporary architecture nothing but competition for the most fashionable building design? Can architecture really affect the quality of life? Architect Hilla Rudanko writes about the Sra Pou project in Cambodia. Read more about socially responsible architecture and the new roles of an architect. Thoughts on architecture as change catalyst Last week we discovered that The Architectural Review had picked …

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Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos gains recognition

Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos by HALO Architects / Inari, Finland, 2012. Photo: Mika Huisman.

Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos by HALO Architects has recently gained well-deserved recognition by the international press. The most recent feature article has been published in Italian OfArch magazine. Architect Arianna Callocchia writes how “the Sámi Cultural Center symbolizes the Finnish Sámi population and emphasizes their independence, their vitality and their cultural development.”  Sajos is the centre of culture and administration for …

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