Suomi Seven: The emerging generation raises expectations at the Museum of Finnish Architecture


Suomi Seven: Emerging Architects from Finland, the spring exhibition at the Museum of Architecture in Helsinki, as its name suggests, presents seven Finnish architecture offices whose partners are still in their thirties and forties. The exhibition opens up an inspiring viewpoint on Finnish contemporary architecture, though one that also raises expectations. In the case of the offices that made the …

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Interview with Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano: Architects and the secret hidden agenda

Arvo Pärt Centre, Laulasmaa, Estonia. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, 2014–15. Project image by courtesy of the architects.

The Alvar Aalto Medal, presented during the recent Architecture Day seminar on 3 February, 2015, was this time awarded to the Spanish architect couple Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano. Architects Francesc Palomeras and Tiia Ettala interviewed the awardees in Hotel Klaus K in Helsinki before attending the award ceremony. This interview is a translation of the text “Arkkitehdit ja salainen missio”, …

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New Finnish brick architecture featured in Italian Costruire in Laterizio February 2015 issue


Costruire in Laterizio, an Italian brick architecture and construction magazine, dedicates its February 2015 issue #161 to new Finnish brick architecture. The magazine features schools and housing designs by Oopeaa and Serum Architects, Alt Architects, Playa Architects, Architects Hannunkari & Mäkipaja, Verstas Architects and Huttunen-Lipasti-Pakkanen Architects Ltd. The presented projects exemplify creative use of brick especially in facade design and …

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Tallinn Architecture Biennale: Invitation to a vision competition “Epicentre of Tallinn”


Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB is an international architecture festival which will be organised between 9 September and 18 October 2015 under the title “Self-Driven City”. As a part of the forthcoming festival, TAB has announced the vision competition “Epicentre of Tallinn” to find a design solution for intersections in the future, when only self-driving 
cars will drive on the city …

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Call for Papers: Urban Mobility – Architectures, Geographies and Social Space, Malmö University, Sweden


The Association of Nordic Architectural Research together with the Department of Urban Studies at Malmö University invite to contribute in a multidisplinary international conference titled Urban Mobility – Architectures, Geographies and Social Space. The conference will take place in Malmö, Sweden on 5–6 November, 2015. The aim is to facilitate a cross- disciplinary discussion of urban mobility where different perceptions …

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Juhani Pallasmaa gives three lectures in Italy 23–27.3.2015: Architectural Atmospheres of the North

Juhani Pallasmaa, La Mano che Pensa, Safarà Editore 2014. Photo: Arianna Callocchia.

Italian publishing house Safarà Editore together with Lombardini22 will host a series of lectures in Italy by esteemed Finnish architectural philosopher, professor Juhani Pallasmaa. The lectures will discuss Architectural Atmospheres in the North and take place in Rome, Milan and Gagliari between 23 and 27 March, 2015 with the following schedule: Rome, 23 March, 2015: Forest Architecture. Landscape, space and …

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Finnish expertise shortlisted for the A+ Awards 2015: vote for your favourites now

Mika Huisman's fabulous photos of the Seinäjoki Library (JKMM Architects, 2012) compete in the Architecture +Photography & Video category.

Architizer global online platform for architects and architecture has announced its shortlist for the A+ Awards 2015. Mika Huisman’s stunning photographs of the Seinäjoki Library (JKMM Architects, 2012) compete in the Architecture +Photography & Video category; and ALA Architects‘ renovation and extension design for the Kuopio City Theatre competes in the Hall / Theatre typology category. The public voting period …

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Finnish Architectural Review 1/2015: Young ideas


The Finnish Architectural Review 1/2015 discusses architecture with young architects. According to their commentary, the future makers want to bring architecture into people’s everyday lives. The role of starchitect is no longer interesting. The younger generation wants to work together with the users, determine design projects in a new way, fight the climate change and increase global equality by designing …

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Lunch with Martti

Ultimate Exit, multimedia work, screen capture (Martti Kalliala and Daniel Keller 2014–15).

Martti Kalliala (b. 1980) is among Finland’s most versatile and independent architects of the young generation. He is an internationally interesting iconoclast, known for his theoretical and controversial designs, symposiums, installations and exhibitions – as well as techno music. Currently he is analysing the proposals for the Guggenheim Helsinki architecture competition as part of an exhibition the Guggenheim will hold …

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