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From Border to Home – where are we now?

Con MOI workshop at Ex Moi refugee village in Torino, Italy. photo: Marguerite Kahrl / Con MOI

How has Europe responded to the asylum seekers’ housing needs? Could integration be facilitated by means of architecture? The seminar held at Maunula House on 21 March provided examples from Austria and Italy and discussed Finland’s situation. A round-the-clock demonstration has been going on at the Helsinki Railway Square since the beginning of February. Asylum seekers have set up their …

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The Finnish Pavilion’s exhibition presented architectural solutions for asylum-seekers at the Venice Biennale

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From Border to Home presented an exhibition accompanied by a blog and events, highlighting the results of an international architectural competition in which entrants were asked to come up with creative solutions for the temporary accommodation of asylum-seekers, while also yielding long-term benefits to the community in years to come. The Venice Biennale ended on November 27, 2016. A review …

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Venice Biennale: Opening of the Finnish Pavilion

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Encounters in Venice: Exhibition Opening of the Finnish Pavilion on Thursday 26th of May. Commissioner Juulia Kauste, curator Marco Steinberg, Tuula Pöyhiä from the Alvar Aalto Foundation and Ambassador of Finland in Italy, Mr. Janne Taalas gave opening speeches to the vast crowd gathered in the yard in front of the Finnish Pavilion. Among the guests were tens of familiar …

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Teams behind the ideas of the From Border To Home exhibition

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The team members of five of the seven teams behind the From Border to Home proposals presented themselves at the Finnish pavilion on Wednesday 26 May, 2016.  The two further teams –Helsinki Kasbah Combine with Harri Ahokas, Tomi Laine, Akseli Leinonen, Nikolai Rautio, Matias Saresvuo, assisted by Pia Rautiainen and Pekka Huima, as well as Society Lab with Cecilia Danieli, …

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From Border to Home – Preview to the Finnish Pavilion

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Encounters in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Preview to Finnish Pavilion. In the middle of the last minute preparations, the team behind the Finnish Pavilion took a few minutes to talk of the exhibition. Comissioner Juulia Kauste and curator Marco Steinberg highlight here the themes and the background of the exhibition. The Finnish pavilion Alvar Aalto at the 15th International …

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Words of Wisdom: National – International by Alvar Aalto (1967)

Alvar Aalto studies the model of Zürich Altstetten parish centre in 1967.

The curator of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Alejandro Aravena, has called for architects to address architecture’s social power. In response to this mission, many of the exhibitions at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale are presenting themes, projects and strategies that have both great national significance and potentially global impact. Alvar Aalto (1898–1972) wrote a commentary titled “National – International” for a special …

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Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Finnish pavilion in Venice

Building the Finnish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 1956. © Museum of Finnish Architecture.

This summer marks not only the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice but the 60th anniversary of the Finnish pavilion. The pavilion was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1955–56 with the intention that it could be dismantled and stored away in-between the biennales. Because of some mishaps during the construction of the prefabricated wooden wall and roof units, this idea never realised. By courtesy of …

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Meet the Makers of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Marco Steinberg

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Architecture Information Centre Finland has produced a series of video interviews with some of the Finnish key figures who participate in the making of the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016. Our first interviewee is architect Marco Steinberg, curator of the Finnish pavilion exhibition produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in collaboration with us. Finland at the …

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