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A Townhouse in the Chain of Generations

The new building completing the frontage of the market square in Kotka forms the latest phase in the history of a plot whose ownership has been passed down from mother to daughter for already three generations.

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Farmhouse Living Room, Church and Dance Floor

Puuhi, a community space for informal encounters and cultural activities in the village of Soini, was born from a local initiative. A local yet internationally renowned architect Anssi Lassila was a natural choice for the job.

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Can We Share Our Way to Sustainability?

The sharing economy has grown into a major new trend, and the concept of sharing is now beginning to extend to housing too. Used cleverly, it could be an excellent way to deliver sustainable urban planning and housing design, suggests Annamari Vesamo.

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Romance and Cosmic Connections

For Mika Savela, the design competition for the Annex to the National Museum of Finland concluded in late 2019 highlights questions regarding the relationship between architecture and the story of a nation.

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Flipside of an Activity-Based Office

An activity-based office increases interaction and creates innovations – or perhaps not. Virve Peteri, Academy Research Fellow, has studied workspaces of the 2010s. What kind of effects does an activity-based office have on working?

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Manifestos on Sharing in Housing Design

How could the ethos of sharing be reflected in housing design? Katja Maununaho examines integrated housing projects in Central Europe, where the creation of communality and sharing is already evident.

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The Curious OOO

Mark Foster Cage Architects, Guggenheim Helsinki competition proposal, 2014. The proposal was never submitted to the competition.

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The Poetic Potential in Structures

Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019 tackled the multifaceted relationship of poetry and rationality in architecture. Marianna Wahlsten visited the Triennale opening.

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On Doughnuts, Definitions, and the Troubles with Exhibiting

This autumn, the Oslo Architecture Triennale focussed on the problems of continuous growth. Dubravka Sekulić writes about her thoughts at the Triannale.