4/2020Empathy

What does empathy mean in architecture? Who does the architect design for? How do you turn empathy into a design tool?

Interview

Building a Better World – Piece by Piece

The first question architect Heikki Lamusuo and artist Jaana Partanen ask when starting a new project is who will experience it and what feeling they want to evoke with their work.

Housing

House Nybo

Kanttia 2
Vantaa
2015

Interview

Conductor’s Perspective on Space

Conductor Klaus Mäkelä has worked in some of the best-known concert halls in the world. He acknowledges that architecture is a fundamental element of a great performance.

Learning

Arcadahallen

Ahlman Architects
Helsinki
2019

Article

Sharing Isolation

Architect-photographer Pyry Kantonen’s photos offer insight into the life and homes of urban communities during the pandemic.

Article

A New Direction for Critical Regionalism

Architecture is increasingly being asked to acknowledge its social and ecological responsibilities. Critical Regionalism, which emphasises locality, offers one perspective on solving global problems.

Article

Circle of Care

In her essay, Iris Andersson examines hospitals, their history, future and the concept of healing space.

3/2020Craft

What is the meaning of craft in architecture today? What counts as craft, what values does the word imply? How are materials and material techniques present in architecture?

Leisure

Sauna Vitören

August Almqvist Jansson
Parainen
2018

Leisure

Villa Furuholmen

Rå Arkitektur
Kemiönsaari
2019

Leisure

Sauna Lepakko

Grotenfelt Architects
Vesanto
2014

Housing

House L3

Sigge Architects
Southwest Finland
2019

Article

ET IN ARCADIA EGO

In the middle of the English countryside, there is a peculiar farm, where architecture in its various forms is at centre stage. Recently, a sauna by Tuomas Toivonen has also been incorporated into the routine of the farm.

2/2020Rules

Why does architecture need rules and regulations? What kind of norms, written and unwritten, guide architectural practice?

Article

The Long Life of Regulation

Lauri Jääskeläinen charts the history of land use and building regulations in Finland, in anticipation of the reform of Land Use and Building Act.

Column

Critical Thinking Wanted

How do the current, packed everyday life of students and education that focusses on work life skills fit together with the aim to educate critical thinkers? ask Matti Jänkälä, Svenja Lindner, Heljä Nieminen and Hilda Uusitalo, students of architecture at Aalto University.

Article

The Pursuit of a Bright Apartment

In Finland, the regulations concerning natural light in dwellings mainly focus on window sizes, which does not actually convey much about natural light in the units – let alone the pleasantness and usability, Jori Uusitalo and Valentin Valotie argue.

Editorial

Editorial 2/20: Fences and Thresholds

What purpose do rules and regulations serve in the field of architecture?

Housing

Matchbox Houses

Avanto Architects
Espoo
2019

Interview

Wood Architect on Fire

The British architectural practice Waugh Thistleton Architects wants to drastically increase the use of timber as a primary building material for new projects both in their homeland and abroad.