5/2017 pietilä, dipoli, rcr

“It is possible to simultaneously set roots in a specific place and still remain open to the world,” says architect Carme Pigem in her interview. She also talks about nature, beauty, ecological sustainability and spaces that speak to everyone. Pigem works at RCR Arquitectes, which received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2017. The list of projects by this office, based in a small town in Catalonia, proves that architecture need not bend into uniformity under the pressure of today’s globalism, as has been the case, for example, with entertainment culture. In his column, the Beijing-based architect Zhang Ke, the recipient of this year’s Alvar Aalto Medal, makes a clear distinction between commercial and spiritual architecture. Crossing over boundaries is the theme of this issue. The articles discuss present and recent history, Finland and Japan, Le Corbusier and China.


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editorial | Paths of interaction
Jorma Mukala

From absolute zero towards the unknown
Kristo Vesikansa

The climatic year
Reima Pietilä

ALA Architects

West Terminal 2

Heikkinen-Komonen Architects

finlandia 2017
Kristo Vesikansa

wood | Parallels
Akira Takeuchi

pavilion 100
Studio Puisto

finland | le corbusier
Jorma Mukala, William J.R. Curtis

utzon | aalto
Chiu Chen-Yu

rcr | interview
Maiju Suomi

speaker´s corner | Philosophy
Zhang Ke

books | Artek and the Aaltos
Esa Laaksonen

déjà-vu | Niilo Pulkka, Pekka Rajala, Kaarlo Leppänen – Rovaniemi Bus Station, 1959
Harri Hautajärvi