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Pleasant it is to be when death is near. Alvar Aalto’s unrealized cemetery and funeral chapel designs in Jyväskylä

Malmi funeral chapel, Alvar Aalto 1950. Main chapel courtyard is bounded by the hillock and colonnade for urn burials. Sketch. Alvar Aalto Museum / Collection.

Hyvä on olla, kun on lähellä kuolemaa.
 Pleasant it is to be when death is near.
 – Uuno Kailas, 1931; English translation Sofia Singler Città dei Morti – City of the Dead, the spring exhibition at the Alvar Aalto Museum gallery in Jyväskylä, on until 17.05.2015, welcomes its visitors with the above quote from Uuno Kaila’s poem “In the Morning”, …

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Mart Kalm’s intensive course on Estonian architecture at the Aalto University this spring

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Professor Mart Kalm from Estonian Academy of Arts (Eesti Kunstiakadeemia), known for his excellent lectures, will give an intensive course on the 20th century developments of Estonian architecture. The special course titled “Architecture and (Multi)national Identity – The Case of Estonia” will take place at the Aalto University Department of Architecture in Otaniemi, Espoo. The lectures will be held in …

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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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Erik Bryggman seminar: Italia la Bella on 13 Feb ’15 in Turku

Erik Bryggman. The Resurrection Chapel in Turku (1941). Source: Wikimedia Commons © Kotivalo CC-BY-SA-3.0

Bryggman Institute in Turku invites to participate in a seminar about Italian influences on Finland on Friday 13th February 2015. Seminar languages are Finnish, Swedish and English according to the speaker. Speakers include e.g. professor Luigi de Anna from University of Turku, and Dr. Silvia Micheli, postdoctoral Research Fellow from University of Queensland’s School of Architecture. The full programme of …

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Short film tribute to Aarno Ruusuvuori

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Wednesday, the 14th of January 2015, marks the 90th anniversary of one the greatest Finnish modernists, architect Aarno Ruusuvuori (1925–1992). He is best known for his powerful works in concrete minimalism, but his long and esteemed career also entailed highly influential positions in several key institutions of Finnish architecture. Architect Helmi Kajaste pays homage to Ruusuvuori’s architecture with her short …

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Fine homage to Revell from the MFA archives

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Petteri Kummala from the Museum of Finnish Architecture drawings collection has put on display a beautiful installation to pay homage to architect Viljo Revell. The 3rd floor landing calls to examine Revell’s original drawing for his own family house to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The house project was designed between 1959–61 following the winning of the international competition to design the Toronto City Hall in 1958. The 8th of November, 2014 marked the …

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Celebrating Armas Lindgren’s 140th anniversary

Valtiontalo, Eteläesplanadi 4, Helsinki, 1911–1912, drawing dated 1911. Image by courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Today, Friday the 28th of November 2014, marks the 140th anniversary of architect Armas Lindgren, born 28th of November 1874 in Hämeenlinna, passed away 3rd of October 1929 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Lindgren has left a mark in the pages of history of Finnish architecture for his connoisseurship of international history of culture and art, his distinguished career as a professor of architecture and the …

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Significant international recognition for the restoration of Viipuri Library: Close-Up Eric Adlercreutz

Viipurin Alvar Aalto -kirjasto 2014. Kuva: Alvar Aalto -museo / Maija Holma. Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum / Maija Holma.

The World Monuments Fund has given significant recognition to the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library and the Central City Alvar Aalto Library for the renovation of the library. In their statement explaining the basis for awarding the 2014 World Monuments/Knoll Modernism Prize, the parties involved in the restoration are praised for their long-term tenacious work in saving …

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