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The First Steps of the Tramway City 

Trial runs of Finland’s first light rail were underway in Tampere in November 2020. As part of the project, the Hämeensilta bridge over the Tammerkoski rapids was also rebuilt.

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Technology, Asphalt and Attitudes

The Finnish transport system’s development around the passenger car has caused great societal problems. Instead of broader systemic change, the visions of mobility futures still focus on emerging technologies.

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Concept: Fluidity

Fluidity opens up a refreshing angle for everyone and anyone looking at a city, Tuulia Kivistö proposes.

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Social Movements, Saviours of Built Heritage?

For almost a couple of decades, the residents of the Meri-Rastila area in Helsinki have sought to influence the development of their daily environment. They are not the first ones to act due to concerns about changes taking place in a neighbourhood.

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Alternative: Architecture of Mobility Should Be Renewed

Re-organising urban mobility services would be an efficient way to combat biodiversity loss and climate change, Olli Hakanen envisages.

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Learning from the Ugliest Building in Oulu

In the middle of a residential area in Oulu, a silo designed by Alvar Aalto is decaying as one last remnant of a pulp mill that operated on the site in the 1900s. In its unmaintained state, the building offers a lesson in the time of an eco-crisis.

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Construction Waste and the Fiction of Purity

Modern architecture has made a clear distinction between waste and new construction. A more comprehensive understanding of the concept of waste could help us in understanding the issues of demolition and preservation.

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Architects as Mediators of Change

Over the recent decades, the temporary use of vacant spaces has been recognised as a sustainable and inclusive approach for managing urban change. For architects, working with temporary uses can be an opportunity to challenge structures that restrict typical architectural work.

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How Do You Convert an Office Space into Apartments?

In the Helsinki capital region alone, there are currently around 50 city blocks’ worth of empty office space. On the other hand, there seems to be a constant demand for housing. Under what preconditions are office spaces converted into apartments?