The new life of a modern masterpiece – what next for Säynätsalo Town Hall?

Participants of the Säynätsalo workshop. photo: Mirkka Vidgrén / Alvar Aalto Foundation

”To have a life, this building has to work for the community, not be a museum”, concluded architect David Fixler at the closing discussion of the Säynätsalo Town Hall workshop. The highly esteemed architect specialising in heritage conservation and adaptive re-use was invited to give a lecture and comment on the workshop focusing on the future and possibilities of Alvar …

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The townhouse – the new Finnish dream home?

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The townhouse typology has mainly been cherished by urban planners and architects. The potential of the building type has been discussed in several reports, which, however, lack the residents’ perspective. Thus the objective of Aalto University’s “New Finnish Dream Home?” research was to ascertain under what conditions the townhouse typology could respond to the housing needs of different kinds of …

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Call for Abstracts: ARCHI+TECTONICS Architecture, Communities and Cities under Change


Researchers, students and practitioners are invited to the 7th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research in Finland 22–24 October, 2015. The symposium is organised by the Department of Architecture at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, together with The Department of Architecture at the Tampere University of Technology and Oulu School of Architecture. This year, the symposium will …

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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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6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2014: Call for Workshop Participation


Calls for workshop participation for The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research & The Annual NAF Symposium are now open for applications. Workshop: Wood Architecture – from Tradition to the New Innovations Wood Architecture workshop is organized by Puu-Hubi and will focus on the very latest research findings on the design, planning and construction of the wooden buildings. The discussion …

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Call for Papers: Aalto beyond Finland


The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design Rovaniemi, Finland 16-18 February 2015 Call for Papers The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar, Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design, aims to create a network of researchers interested in the work of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The meeting in Rovaniemi, in February 2015, will be an …

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Apply for Helsinki City Research Grants

Photo: Nea Ilmevalta

The City of Helsinki Research Grants 2014 are open for application. The grants, totalling 73,000 euros, are intended for researchers with a higher university degree (MA or equivalent), working on a licentiate or doctoral thesis. Grants can also be awarded to post doc researchers. Grants will be awarded to 8–12 applicants, with each successful candidate receiving approximately 2,000 to 8,000 …

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Call for Papers: Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-Being

Marjatta and Martti Jaatinen. Oulu City Theatre (1972). Photo: Archinfo / AV.

The 6th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research 2014 & The Annual Nordic Association of Architectural Research Conference (NAAR) invites you to participate a conference on the theme Designing and Planning the Built Environment for Human Well-Being on 23–25 October 2014 in University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture, Finland. The Symposium is the annual gathering for research in architecture, urban design and planning and has been organized by the …

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Lecture series on Aalto at Aalto

Alvar Aalto. Vuoksenniska Church (1958). Photo: Archinfo / AV (2013).

In need of an update of one’s your knowledge about Alvar Aalto? Why not consider attending some academic lectures at the Aalto University, Department of Architecture? During the spring term 2014, the Chair of History of Architecture at the Aalto University, School of ARTS, offers a comprehensive series of lectures on Alvar Aalto’s architecture entitled Alvar Aalto –Relevance today. Venue: Lecture hall …

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