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Revisit: The Ruoholahti Canal

Ruoholahti district, built during the 1990s, continues the grid structure of the Helsinki city centre westwards. The canal traversing the district utilises with classic themes of urban planning in a slightly modernized form.

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Designing the Future in Pandemic Times

We asked eight Finnish architecture firms what they have been working on in 2020.

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On the Drawing Board: Freedom versus Safety

The restrictions and demand for social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic provide a deeper perspective for a designer as regards the special needs of nursing home residents, say Kirsti Sivén and Asko Takala.

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Crises Never Come Alone

Crises have manifold effects on the society, as the Covid-19 pandemic has recently shown. However, a more resilient built environment can help prevent secondary crises from unfolding, which makes architects part of the solution.

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Guidelines for Reconstruction

Coping with unexpected crises requires swift decision making also in regard to the built environment. ICOMOS has developed a tool for examining the effects of crises and to provide guidance in dealing with recovery and reconstruction.

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Revolution of Public Space

Three experts reflect on the impacts of the pandemic on architecture and the use of urban space.

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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.