Bubbling Under

Architecture can bring people together

Alvar Aalto Symposium 2015. Rahul Mehotra. Photo by Aino Salmi.

Indian architect Rahul Mehrotra believes that through his work he can eliminate barriers between different groups of people. He was one of the speakers at this year’s Alvar Aalto Symposium. “You cannot be an architect in India, unless you are also a humanist,” says architect Rahul Mehrotra (b. 1959). He established RMA Architects in Mumbai in 1990 and now the …

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In sickness and in health – supportive architecture

Illustration of Espoo Hospital. The Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Finnish
Association of Architects are holding an exhibition at the Museum of
Finnish Architecture showcasing hospital and health care from
the late 19th century to the present day. Photo by K2S Architects.

As part of its series on architectural competitions, the Museum of Finnish Architecture is holding an exhibition on the history of buildings designed for cure and care in Finland in its two halls until 5 June 2016. The material consists of drawings, photographs and texts as well as models and moving images. The exhibition also comprises lectures and discussions. Hospitals are …

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Theatre is evolving – how will theatre houses keep up?

Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, Norway designed by ALA architects. Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo.

For quite some time now, theatre has been seeking to expand outside of the traditional stages of theatre houses into old industrial facilities, boiler rooms or any other spaces that could support a new form of expression. Everything has already been seen, even restrooms have been used for performances. What will theatre be in the future and where will it …

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Architecture and Music: Finnish Examples

Photos by Daniele Raffaelli

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), which has been celebrated throughout Finland and abroad, including Italy. This provided me, as an architect and curator specialized in the promotion of Finnish architecture and design in Italy, with the opportunity to organize a seminar in Rome titled “Architecture and Music: Finnish Examples” …

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Christian Norberg-Schulz defined the meanings of a place in his book Genius Loci, Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture: ” … the meanings which are gathered by a place constitute its genius loci”  and further: “Architecture means to visualize the genius loci, and the task of the architect is to create meaningful places, whereby he helps man to dwell.”  Tadao Ando …

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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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Phantom Pain: On healing from terrorism with architecture

Phantom Pain, sketches. Illustration: Kaleidoscope.

Emmi Keskisarja and Miia-Liina Tommila are two young Finnish architects whose Finnish-Norwegian team Kaleidoscope won the Europan 12 competition in Asker, Norway, in December 2013. Finnisharchitecture.fi presented their competition entry in our Close-Up article, but now we meet them again. We interviewed Emmi Keskisarja and Miia-Liina Tommila about their new, compelling but challenging project which they did together with Tone …

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Supernatural, amazing, fabulous


LUX Helsinki is a five-day festival of light taking place in the Helsinki centre during 4–8 January 2015. Architect Anne Tervo paid a visit to the festival and tells about her impressions. Supernatural, amazing, fabulous On Sunday evenings it’s normally quiet in the centre of Helsinki. Presently, however, there are people milling around as if it was a May Day …

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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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Production in dispersion: El Ranchito programme culminates at HIAP, Suomenlinna

Elii. Potlatch, El Ranchito, Matadero Madrid, Spain. Photo: Miguel de Guzman (Imagen Subliminal).

Helsinki International Artist Programme HIAP has co-hosted a bipolar artist residency programme that culminates in October 2014 at Suomenlinna, Helsinki. El Ranchito Finland, the first phase of which was exhibited during the ARCO Madrid art festival in February–March 2014 as part of the #FocusFinland theme, has brought together a cross-disciplinary group of eight Finnish and Spanish artists or groups for six weeks in residency in …

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