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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Jonathan Hale’s keynote lecture at ATuT ’14 Oulu published


The organisers of the National Symposium of Architectural Research held in October 2014 in Oulu have announced that the keynote lecture by Dr. Jonathan Hale has now been published in the conference proceedings. Hale’s lecture was entitled “Materiality, Movement & Meaning: Architecture and the Embodied Mind”. Direct link to the article in the Proceedings: ojs.tsv.fi/index.php/atut/article/view/48277.  

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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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Emmi Keskisarja and Miia-Liina Tommila speak at AIA New York on Tuesday 25 Nov ’14


“A violent incident with devastating consequences has occurred. Many were wounded, many experienced loss. While this play is written, the victim is still covered in plastic and it’s future is unresolved.” These are the opening words of the new play A Visit to the Doctor in a project The Phantom Pain by the Kaleidoscope team – a Norwegian-Finnish all female architecture collective exploring …

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Global Awards 2014 winner Martin Rajniš lectures at MFA

Rozhledna Doubravka. Martin Rajniš, David Kubík, Tomáš Kosnar, Sven Nevlida. Source: hutarchitektury.cz.

One of the five Global Awards for Sustainable Architecture 2014 awardees, Czech architect Martin Rajniš, lectures at the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki on Wednesday 26 November 2014 at 18:00. His lecture is entitled Experimental Wooden Constructions and it will be held in English. Martin Rajniš, b. 1944 in Prague, is known for his life-long career in ecological design and wooden architecture. He has also …

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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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New monograph on Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects


Rakennustieto Publishing has issued a long-awaited book on the architectural works of the prize-winning Finnish partnership of Ilmari Lahdelma and Rainer Mahlamäki, principal partners of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects.  The monograph is aptly timed with the first ever Finlandia Prize for Architecture, awarded to the History Museum of Polish Jews in Warsaw, where Rainer Mahlamäki acted as head designer. The new monograph presents …

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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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South of North: video of the Mouthful of Meetings event in Venice

South of North: Mouthful of Meetings at the Venice Biennale. Photo: Anna Autio.

South of North, Network of Nordic Architects working in developing enviroments, organised a Mouthful of Meetings discussion at the Venice Biennale in September 2014. The idea was to invite contemporary African and Nordic architects to a cross­cultural dialogue on socially engaged architecture. The participants included the founder of South­African Makeka Design Lab, Mokena Makeka, Zimbabwean architect Maxwell Mutanda (CA’ASI, Young Architects in Africa exhibition) and one …

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Schelling Architectural Theory Award 2014 to Juhani Pallasmaa

Antonello Alici, Juhani Pallasmaa and Fulvio Irace in Milan on 26 February 2014. Photo: Claudia Castaldi.

The Schelling Architecture Foundation has awarded professor Juhani Pallasmaa (b. 1936 in Hämeenlinna, Finland) the Architectural Theory Award 2014. The jury awarded the prize to the Finnish architect, writer, publisher, lecturer and critic for his life’s contribution to architectural culture, and especially for his impassioned studies of the phenomenological approach. By viewing architecture as a defender of the authenticity of human experience, …

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