1/2021Crisis

What kind of effects do crises have on architecture? How can the built environment help us in preparing for upcoming, unknown crises?

Editorial

Editorial 1/2021: Architecture at Year One

It will be years before the tangible impacts of the current epidemic will become visible to us.

Article

Crises Never Come Alone

Crises have manifold effects on the society, as the Covid-19 pandemic has recently shown. However, a more resilient built environment can help prevent secondary crises from unfolding, which makes architects part of the solution.

Article

On the Drawing Board: Freedom versus Safety

The restrictions and demand for social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic provide a deeper perspective for a designer as regards the special needs of nursing home residents, say Kirsti Sivén and Asko Takala.

Article

Revisit: The Ruoholahti Canal

Ruoholahti district, built during the 1990s, continues the grid structure of the Helsinki city centre westwards. The canal traversing the district utilises with classic themes of urban planning in a slightly modernized form.

Interview

Who Has a Right to the City?

Recently, there has been an active discussion about whether Helsinki is planned on the terms of investors or city residents. ARK discussed the sore spots of city planning with the editors of the pamphlet Kenen kaupunki?

6/2020Development

What kind of values and structures guide or control architects in their work? Where is the field of architecture heading to? How can architecture contribute to building a better future?

Interview

“Alvar and Göran Were Connected by Their Will to Experience the New”

The friendship of Alvar Aalto and Göran Schildt lasted for decades. Göran Schildt’s widow Christine Schildt reminisces about her life as the writer’s wife and as a friend of Alvar and Elissa Aalto.

Article

Return of the Industry

Integrating industry within the urban fabric of our cities could contribute to their long-term sustainability. In the Malminkartano district of Helsinki, many principles presently considered radical have been on trial for some 30 years.

Exhibition

The Multi-Faceted Sirens

The exhibition on the life and works of Kaija and Heikki Siren at the Espoo City Museum is the first ever comprehensive exhibition in Finland of the Sirens’ architecture. The exhibition on the life and works of Kaija Siren (1920–2001) and Heikki Siren (1918–2013) at KAMU, the Espoo City Museum, is a summation of the […]

Article

The Future Lies in Africa

Africa is urbanising at a fast pace. If western architects want to be part of the development, an attitude of awareness and humbleness is needed.

Article

Return of the Industry

Integrating industry within the urban fabric of our cities could contribute to their long-term sustainability. In the Malminkartano district of Helsinki, many principles presently considered radical have been on trial for some 30 years.

5/2020Monument

What makes a monument? How do buildings get associated with certain meanings?

Article

Bauhaus Legacy Born on the Dunes

Tel Aviv is home to an architectural conservation site consisting of around 4,000 buildings from the 1930s. Following a multi-stage selection process, it was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2003.

Article

The Monumental Alliance of Finnish Government and Civilization

The Kansalaistori square, with the Parliament House on one side, paired with the Central Library on the other, has become a monumental square for the era of Finnish independence. Ilkka Törmä draws a continuum between it and Senate Square, a monument of tsarist Finland.

Article

Under Fifty and Soon Gone

In central Tampere, there are plans to pull down the former National Workers' Savings Bank building to make way for a new, and much taller, development. This doesn't convince Anselmi Moisander.

Column

Time Makes a Monument

Iida Kalakoski examines the changing cityscape of Tampere and equally changing meanings.

Commercial space

Tripla

Architects Soini & Horto
Sweco Architects
OMA
Helsinki
2020

Article

New Colossi

Bigness is becoming a prominent feature of Helsinki’s cityscape. Antti Auvinen’s photographs examine the phenomenon.