Who will we remember as part of the history of architecture, who will we allow to slip into oblivion? Who defines good architecture? What is taboo in Finnish architecture?


The Rare, the Outstanding and the Everyday Grey

Uniqueness or rarity most often determines what kind of buildings are highlighted in architecture and what is, in the end, protected. What will happen to those commonplace environments that do not fulfil either of the criteria?


When Minorities Talk about Architecture, Does Anyone Listen?

Arvind Ramachandran interviewed members of different minorities on their experiences on the discussion around Finnish architecture and how it could be made more inclusive.


What Is Taboo in Finnish Architecture?

What are the points of view, themes and questions that have not received enough attention in architectural discussions? What are the unspoken taboos of Finnish architecture? We asked seven architects and architecture researchers to answer this question.


Sanatoria in the Shadow of Paimio

During the twentieth century, Finland had 80–85 institutions of care specialised in the treatment of tuberculosis. Paimio’s iconic figure has shadowed the rest of Finnish sanatorium architecture, argue Heini Hakosalo and Emilia Rönkkö.



Architecture’s Forgotten

Who will we remember, and who will we allow to slip into oblivion?

1/2022Urban Space

How are Finnish cities being developed right now? What kind of values guide urban planning? What does the designer know about the users of urban space?


A City That Is Growing towards the Sky

In recent years, large construction projects have brought changes to the cityscape of Tampere. On whose terms is new construction conducted?


Erik Bryggman and the Turku Cityscape

Erik Bryggman is particularly well known for his individual buildings. His work, however, demonstrates also a clear approach to urban planning.


How Is Experience Connected to Urban Design?

The importance of social and cultural sustainability is often talked aboutout, but these values are not visible in the data that is provided for urban designers as a basis for their work. Harris-Kjisik Architects decided to collect this data themselves, when the development of the Itäkeskus district began.


Interpreting and Completing the Suburban Atmosphere

In a suburban residential area, what are the elements that determine how the place feels? Can the atmosphere of a place be created through design? Two architectural researchers explore the relationship between architect and place.


On the Drawing Board: Three Examples of the Circular Economy

The circular economy can be promoted through land use planning, and not just individual construction projects, states architect Aura Pajamo from the Muuan design agency.


New Districts – How are Finnish cities being densified and infilled right now?

How are Finnish cities being densified and infilled right now? What kind of values are the plans based on? In this article, we will present an infill development plan of an inner city district, a sustainable smart city district and a district with mixed-use perimeter blocks.



Canal City Shaped by Wind and Waves

Ranta-Tampella, a canal district for 4,000 residents is being built in Tampere. In constructing the area, special emphasis has been placed on public outdoor spaces.


How should the old be complemented? How do you go about drawing inspiration from history? What is sustainable aesthetics in the built environment?


On the Drawing Board: How’m I Doing, Louis Kahn?

When an office space renovation was designed by AS LL TK architects, Louis Kahn was standing behind them.


Radical Conservation

Today, anything that is highly valued by a community can be cultural heritage. How should it change our methods for safeguarding built heritage in general?


Gable Fronts and Brick Pillars – Anne Hangebruch & Mark Ammann Interviewed

Anne Hangebruch and Mark Ammann’s designs are informed by the historic typologies and forms that surround them. How do you go about drawing inspiration from history?


Messages from the Past

Spurred on by the climate crisis, the philosophy of circular economy is changing the aesthetics of architecture. With more and more old building components being recovered and reused, we also need new concepts and methods. 



How Should the Old Be Complemented?

Modern or traditional? We invited three experts to discuss how the debate on architectural styles could be brought to present day.