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Can the Urban Structure Reduce the Need for Service Housing for the Elderly?

n 'Alternative' series architects improve the built environment with uncommissioned ideas. Sari Nieminen focusses on the city for the elderly.

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Deep, Deeper, Deepest Empathy

When architects design a building, they usually think about the future users and inhabitants, perhaps even collaborate with them in the design process. Empathy can build bridges between actors. In her research, Helena Sandman found three types of empathy.

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The Rare, the Outstanding and the Everyday Grey

Uniqueness or rarity most often determines what kind of buildings are highlighted in architecture and what is, in the end, protected. What will happen to those commonplace environments that do not fulfil either of the criteria?

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When Minorities Talk about Architecture, Does Anyone Listen?

Arvind Ramachandran interviewed members of different minorities on their experiences on the discussion around Finnish architecture and how it could be made more inclusive.

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Architecture’s Forgotten

Who will we remember, and who will we allow to slip into oblivion?

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What Is Taboo in Finnish Architecture?

What are the points of view, themes and questions that have not received enough attention in architectural discussions? What are the unspoken taboos of Finnish architecture? We asked seven architects and architecture researchers to answer this question.

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On the Drawing Board: Three Examples of the Circular Economy

The circular economy can be promoted through land use planning, and not just individual construction projects, states architect Aura Pajamo from the Muuan design agency.

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Canal City Shaped by Wind and Waves

Ranta-Tampella, a canal district for 4,000 residents is being built in Tampere. In constructing the area, special emphasis has been placed on public outdoor spaces.

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A Non-Place Transformed

Keilaniemi, the hub of company headquarters situated on the border of Espoo and Helsinki, is changing from a car-dominated district to a pedestrian one. Changing ideals have materialised in the creation of a new square.