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Architecture for Everyone?

In September 2020, our editorial office received a letter entitled Call for Action 2020 addressed to institutions engaged in cultural activities in Finland as a call for anti-racist action. In this article, we wish to reflect upon the letter and the questions it raises.

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Return of the Industry

Integrating industry within the urban fabric of our cities could contribute to their long-term sustainability. In the Malminkartano district of Helsinki, many principles presently considered radical have been on trial for some 30 years.

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The Future Lies in Africa

Africa is urbanising at a fast pace. If western architects want to be part of the development, an attitude of awareness and humbleness is needed.

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What Defines a Monument?

We asked three experts to tell us what kind of architectural monument piques their interest and to name one example.

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The Monumental Alliance of Finnish Government and Civilization

The Kansalaistori square, with the Parliament House on one side, paired with the Central Library on the other, has become a monumental square for the era of Finnish independence. Ilkka Törmä draws a continuum between it and Senate Square, a monument of tsarist Finland.

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Under Fifty and Soon Gone

In central Tampere, there are plans to pull down the former National Workers' Savings Bank building to make way for a new, and much taller, development. This doesn't convince Anselmi Moisander.

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The New Life of Gardenia

Students at Aalto University envisaged new uses for Gardenia, originally designed as a nature centre, in Helsinki’s Viikki district.

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New Colossi

Bigness is becoming a prominent feature of Helsinki’s cityscape. Antti Auvinen’s photographs examine the phenomenon.

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Bauhaus Legacy Born on the Dunes

Tel Aviv is home to an architectural conservation site consisting of around 4,000 buildings from the 1930s. Following a multi-stage selection process, it was designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2003.