A project from one of the upcoming lecturers, Atelier Scheidegger Keller.

The international lecture series on contemporary architecture curated by Associate Professor Jenni Reuter and organized jointly by Aalto University Department of Architecture and the Museum of Finnish Architecture continues online. Six architects from various backgrounds are invited to share their thoughts and ideas on current trends in architecture.

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Fyyri Library in Kirkkonummi. Photo by Tuomas Uusheimo

The philosopher Esa Saarinen has chosen Kirkkonummi Main Library, designed by JKMM Architects, as the winner of this year’s Finlandia Prize for Architecture. The new building envelopes the original library from 1982, designed by Ola Hansson. This year’s prize is the eighth Finlandia Prize for Architecture presented by the Association of Finnish Architects (SAFA).

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The contemporary art event Helsinki Biennial took place for the first time from 12 June to 26 September 2021. A total of 145,000 people visited Vallisaari. In addition, the biennial provided art experiences around Helsinki.

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Leena Pukki´s and Karoliina Paappa's work 'In Someone Else's Skin. A Deep Dive – What Is It Like to Swim in the Middle of a Pod of Dolphins? (2021)

Ääreen is an art project that involves screening interactive, documentary animations throughout October and showcasing new Finnish and international animation art. The project features exhibitions, screenings, discussions and interviews, bringing together experts in different fields in an open-minded manner and creating multi-artistic experiences for a broad audience to take in.

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Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

In the IHME Helsinki 2021 Commission by Scottish artist Katie Paterson entitled To Burn, Forest, Fire, you can experience the scent of the world's first forest 385 million years ago and the scent of the last forest in the age of the climate crisis. The work is based on the artist's concern about the world's sixth extinction. The work will take place as a series of incense burning ceremonies, which will be held in different parts of Helsinki from 1 to 30 September 2021.

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Helsinki’s Urban Environment Division HQ, Architect office Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, 2020, photo: Kuvatoimisto Kuvio

The nominees shortlisted for this year’s Finlandia Prize for Architecture are the City of Helsinki’s Urban Environment Division headquarters in Verkkosaari, the Fyyri library in Kirkkonummi and Ylivieska Church.

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Photo from Milk & Decay: one of Nastja Säde Rönkkö's short films

A total of 34 entries have been shortlisted for the National Competition of the Cut to the Chase – R&A Shorts of the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy. In addition to the competition films, the programme includes a number of award-winning shorts from the world's biggest film festivals. Cut to the Chase – R&A Shorts programme will be screened September 22–26.

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Photo Credits: Otso Kaijaluoto (2015)

The Design Museum Helsinki is aiming to become a hub for knowledge production. The museum has just opened the fourth Design Club Open Call for exhibitions on August 16. This time around the museum is looking for entries that study the theme of knowledge and information through the lens of design. The exhibition concept selected through the application process will be granted €10,000 production funding.

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In Autumn 2021, the Museum of Finnish Architecture’s Studio will present Forensic Architecture’s Outsourcing Risk: The Ali Enterprises Factory Fire (2018). The film being shown is part of Frame Contemporary Art Finland’s Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities programme.

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