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Suomi Seven exhibition praised in Designboom


There is no doubt that Finland is enjoying an architectural revival. — Designboom, Suomi Seven introduces Finland’s emerging generation of architects. 19 November, 2014 The Suomi Seven architecture exhibition, on display at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt, Germany, has gained much media coverage, the most recent one being by notable digital design and architecture magazine Designboom. Their news post dated 19 November 2014 discusses …

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Finnish Architectural Review 5/2014: Care architecture


The newest issue of the Finnish Architectural Review focuses on contemporary hospital architecture. The review discusses the changing ideals of care facilities and presents hospital designs from various parts of Finland. Healthcare systems are changing in Finland even though the protracted reform of health and social welfare services appears to be bogged down. At the same time, hospitals are being rebuilt: …

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MX_SI’s Gösta pavilion featured on Dezeen

Gösta's Pavilion by MX_SI shortlisted for SAFA's Finlandia Prize for Architecture. Photo: Pedro Pegenaute.

Dezeen magazine has published an article with some delicious photographs by Pedro Pegenaute about the Gösta pavilion designed by Spanish MX_SI for the Serlachius Museums in Mänttä, Finland. The pavilion is also shortlisted for the Finlandia Prize for Architecture established by the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA. The winner will be announced next week on Tuesday, 4 November 2014 in Helsinki. See for yourself: www.dezeen.com/2014/10/27/mx_si-contemporary-art-museum-gosta-serlachius-extension-finland-wooden-facade.

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The User – a Thousand-Headed Monster?

Image by Juho Hiilivirta for Antti Pirinen's essay in The Finnish Architectural Review 4/2014. Image by courtesy of ARK.

Antti Pirinen, who recently finished his doctor of arts degree at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, His dissertation entitled Dwelling as Product: Perspectives on Housing, Users and the Expansion of Design (Aalto ARTS Books 2014) argued that dwelling increasingly resembles other industrial products and as such, should be approached as a composite adaptive product embedded in material reality that mediates the intentions of producers, designers, …

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Finnish Architectural Review 4/2014: A Socially Richer Everyday Life


Community-oriented housing brings something new to the otherwise one-sided housing production in Finland. Architect Anna Helamaa writes about the principles of cohousing, including examples from Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. “Communal dining, car-sharing and neighbourly help alleviate everyday stress and make living socially richer,” states Helamaa. At its best, architecture encourages encounters and supports the objectives of cooperation. There are …

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More Fashion in Architecture

Gloria High Fashion Day; Helsinki Fashion Weekend Anna Ruohonen Kuva: Leena Aro

Jonni Roos, art historian and cultural journalist, encourages architects to have more awareness of the transitionary contemporary – just like they do in the fashion business. By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review 3/2014, we are proud to re-publish his insightful essay on the complex relationship between architecture and fashion. More Fashion in Architecture Fashion is deeply human in that it is present at …

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


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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A conversation with Bjarke Ingels and ALA Architects

Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway (ALA Architects 2012). Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo.

One of the most well-known works of young, contemporary Finnish architecture is the Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway by ALA Architects. Recently, Kilden was nominated as the Jury Winner in the Theatres & Performing Arts Centers category in the Architizer A+ Awards 2014. By courtesy of the Finnish Architectural Review, we are happy to re-published a topical interview with Bjarke …

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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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