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ET IN ARCADIA EGO

In the middle of the English countryside, there is a peculiar farm, where architecture in its various forms is at centre stage. Recently, a sauna by Tuomas Toivonen has also been incorporated into the routine of the farm.

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A City Out of Nowhere

Every year, in the first week of September, a C-shaped city of 70,000 inhabitants is created in Nevada’s Black Rock desert. Also architects are interested in Burning Man festival.

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Twilight Experiences

Despite its name, the Kaleva barn, has had many uses during its history, yet it never functioned as a barn. It has now become a joint arts and cultural hub. Helena Teräväinen writes about her encounters with the building.

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Tall, Wooden, Finnish

Finland, like elsewhere, has in recent years built more and more – and higher and higher – in wood. Both Puukuokka in Jyväskylä and Lighthouse in Joensuu are pioneers in Finnish wood building.

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Radical Rules

In London, architects are seeking to promote ethical standards in the field and demanding more sustainable assignments from clients, outside of traditional labour unions, Lee Marable points out. What should we learn from Londoners in Finland?

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The Pursuit of a Bright Apartment

In Finland, the regulations concerning natural light in dwellings mainly focus on window sizes, which does not actually convey much about natural light in the units – let alone the pleasantness and usability, Jori Uusitalo and Valentin Valotie argue.

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Housing researcher: “Natural light affects the perceived spaciousness and adaptability of an apartment”

How does natural light affect the quality of living? Sini Saarimaa wrote a commentary reflecting on the article "The Pursuit of a Bright Apartment".

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The Long Life of Regulation

Lauri Jääskeläinen charts the history of land use and building regulations in Finland, in anticipation of the reform of Land Use and Building Act.

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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.