Archinect - News 2017-08-23T02:33:59-04:00 Moreau Kusunoki, winners of Guggenheim Helsinki competition, respond to rejected plans: "an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-02T18:26:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:51:58-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Now that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki's city council has rejected</a> the latest round of financing plans for the Guggenheim outpost, it appears that the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning design by Moreau Kusunoki</a> most certainly won't be built. We reached out to the architects for comment, and they provided the following statement:</p><p><em>Guggenheim Helsinki was an extraordinary adventure despite the disappointing result of the vote from the City Council of Helsinki.</em></p><p><br><em>The reflections we had in conceiving the 21th-century museum in Helsinki were thought-provoking and revelatory, such as the participatory and social dimensions of the museum, the studies on in-between spaces and flexible use, and the use of charred-wood cladding.</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;<br>This journey was also an opportunity to meet exceptional professionals, whose commitment to promoting art and architecture we deeply admire.</em></p><p><br><em>We are confident that this project represents a stepping stone and the possibility of an exciting future for our firm and for the field of architecture. It encourages new thoughts ...</em></p> Guggenheim Helsinki plans nixed by city, citing "the project’s excessive cost for the Finnish taxpayer" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-01T13:24:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:41:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The mix of private and public funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki has officially been rejected in a city council vote, meaning that the plans for the museum designed by&nbsp;Moreau &amp; Kusunoki are unlikely to ever be built. A new financing plan that drew the bulk of public funding from the city and the rest from private fundraising had been approved by the city board in November, but was vetoed by the larger city council last night. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>,&nbsp;Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation in New York, said about the vote that&nbsp;&ldquo;I suppose that it was a reaction to a sense of engulfing internationalism, or a reaction against globalism. That&rsquo;s how I&rsquo;m explaining it to myself.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Meanwhile, Helsinki City Council member and Guggenheim opposer&nbsp;Osku Pajamaki said that&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m exhausted but relieved. Instead of buying a subsidiary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we can now focus on creating unique local cultural attractions in Helsinki.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Offici...</p> One last chance for the Guggenheim Helsinki Nicholas Korody 2016-11-07T14:13:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T21:02:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this year, news broke that the Finnish government had <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vetoed</a> plans for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Museum</a>, a controversial satellite of the famed New York institution. Now, a new proposal has been prepared by the City government and the museum&rsquo;s support foundation, which will be presented to the City for a final vote on the fate of the project.</p><p>The Guggenheim Helsinki was first proposed in 2011 but was voted down by the City of Helsinki in 2012. Afterwards, the Guggenheim Foundation prepared a new proposal and helped organize a massive design competition&mdash;one of the largest ever. The relatively-unknown studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a> won the competition.</p><p>According to estimates, the museum would cost around &euro;130 million. The new plan proposes that the City of Helsinki would finance the majority of the costs, around &euro;80 million, while the Supporting Foundation would put in &euro;15 million. The rest would come from private sources, which already are said to have reached unprecedented l...</p> Finnish government pulls funding for the Guggenheim Helsinki Julia Ingalls 2016-09-08T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-09-14T00:24:34-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="405" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Guggenheim Foundation's Helsinki museum, the design of which was chosen after a hotly anticipated competition last year, is now missing a major financial backer, namely, the government of Finland. Prior to its withdrawal, Finland was going to pick up construction costs and a portion of the operating fees in exchange for top-tier artworks and exhibitions from the Guggenheim.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>However, this pull-out isn't entirely unexpected. Before the winning design by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a>&nbsp;was even chosen, there were rumblings of dissent: many in Finland felt that the Guggenheim was becoming a bland franchise, to the point that an alternative competition, "The Next Helsinki," was launched to solicit other designs. As Sampo Terho, parliamentary head of the Finns Party, said, &ldquo;This is the end of the matter, we have ruled out state funding (for Guggenheim) once and for all, for this government.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to our interview with Moreau Kusunoki Architectes about their winning design for the Guggen...</p> Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that) Julia Ingalls 2016-03-17T14:21:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:16:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Abandoned commercial port turned progressive inner city district of Helsinki Kalasatama is being developed purposefully to test out new urban ways of being.&nbsp;First up for this pioneering zone: a Mobility-as-a-Service app, which is basically the Nordic version of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a> except it wants to integrate all forms of public transit into one app. It's currently being tested by fifteen car-free citizens with the hope of making the entire district a non-vehicular-ownership zone by 2030.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Next up for the district, according to a press release: "a sharing economy app that allows residents to trade services; apps developed from data produced by sensors for remote monitoring of street waste containers; and novel sensors that monitor the expiration of foods, intended to reduce food waste." The more residents who want to participate in these test programs, the better: although the current population is hovering around 2,000, city leaders expect it to grow to 20,000 in the next fourteen years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Hot Work in the Summertime: From Helsinki to London to NYC, Archinect Sessions #35 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-06-29T23:35:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lots of summer blockbuster news to discuss on this week's podcast. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner of the Helsinki Guggenheim competition was announced</a> (a young husband-wife firm from Paris took the cake), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion opened</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andres Jaque's COSMO for MoMA PS1's "Warm Up"</a> began its water cycle. And while not quite blockbusting, in what could easily be the premise for a Vincent Price flick, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residents of the blighted Robin Hood Gardens dared Lord Rogers</a> to spend a night in their quarters.</p><p>Special guests&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and Peggy Deamer of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> join our news discussion this week, dropping their excellent and incisive commentary on ethical practice into every topic. We are collaborating with the Lobby to measure satisfaction with work-life balance in architecture &ndash; take the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3-question survey here</a>.</p><p>Listen to episode thirty-five of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Hot Work in the Summertime":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below ...</li></ul> Who are Helsinki Guggenheim winners Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-25T09:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-24T00:46:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before yesterday's announcement that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a> had won the highly contentious and big-budget Guggenheim Helsinki competition, the firm wasn't much used to the spotlight. Querying Google Trends for "Moreau Kusunoki" preceding the Guggenheim news, the firm barely blips twice since the husband-wife duo, Nicolas Moreau and Hiroko Kusunoki, began their practice in 2011. Before now, the highest instance of search traffic was in December of 2014, when the six finalists for the competition <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">were announced</a>. Their website's "info" section currently includes only contact information.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After having won such a high-profile competition, the firm had to make some kind of statement of its architectural perspective, and revealed&nbsp;that their media silence was highly intentional, as "architecture is best conceived in reserve and introspection, which are favorable to the emergence of poetic visions." Or at least so states their firm bio, released as part of the press packet for the Guggen...</p> A black museum for "The White City of the North": Moreau Kusunoki Architectes selected to design Guggenheim Helsinki Archinect 2015-06-23T13:29:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:53:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One year and 1,715 entries later, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition</a>&nbsp;has selected&nbsp;Paris-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moreau Kusunoki Architectes</a>&nbsp;as the grand-prize winners today for their design, "Art in the City". In recent years, the Foundation's plans for building a new Guggenheim in Helsinki prompted lively debate among local residents and architects worldwide alike, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the launch</a> of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Helsinki counter-competition</a> that wondered whether Helsinki even needs a Guggenheim Museum.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>But just like the whirlwind of discussions around the project, the competition itself is just as memorable: Stage One reeled in an astounding <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1,715 anonymously submitted entries</a> from around the world last fall, attracting a variety of designs ranging from the safer-yet-promising to the bolder-but-downright wacky. By the start of Stage Two this past January, only <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">six teams</a> &ndash; whose team names remained unidentified &ndash; made the cut. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Over the following months</a>, each finalist team received additional briefing to deve...</p> Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong talks Helsinki, Abu Dhabi, New York Alexander Walter 2015-06-16T17:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:17:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We spoke to Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, on the eve of the exhibition Guggenheim Helsinki&nbsp;Now: Six Finalist Designs Unveiled at the Kunsthalle Helsinki [...] So the Guggenheim Helsinki will really happen? Come June we will say which architect seems best for the job; then there has to be a vote in city council again [...]. So there are still a few legislative hurdles ahead, but I would predict yes. It&rsquo;s irresistible.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get a glimpse of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage Two finalist proposals</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What do you think of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage One entries?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Next Helsinki counter-competition launches in response to Guggenheim Helsinki controversy</a></li></ul><p>Did you submit one of the record-shattering 1,715 entries to the Guggenheim Helsinki competition and think it's worth presenting to the wider Archinect audience? Check out the related <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Project Collections list</a> to see other user contributions and learn how to get yours listed, too.</p> Get a glimpse of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage Two finalist proposals Justine Testado 2015-04-27T20:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T23:01:55-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The big announcement of the winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki</a> concept is only weeks away, so start making those predictions now. In the meantime, the Stage Two proposals of the six finalists have been revealed.</p><p>Throughout Stage Two, the teams worked on further developing their initial concepts for final submission. On that note, the finalist teams are AGPS Architecture Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland; Los Angeles, USA); Asif Khan Ltd. (London, United Kingdom); Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, USA; Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia); Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany); Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Paris, France); and SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain; Western Australia).</p><p>Although the teams have been named, they'll remain unmatched to their Guggenheim Helsinki proposals until the winning announcement in June. Check out the proposals below:</p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-121371443</strong></a> (concept boards)</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-76091181</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GH-5631681770 </a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-5059206475</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-1128435973 </strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&darr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GH-04380895</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This past January,...</p> The Next Helsinki shortlist demonstrates that a new Guggenheim isn't the only option Justine Testado 2015-04-21T18:02:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T20:48:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The controversy surrounding the Guggenheim Helsinki has made the project a hot topic in recent years. While the large response to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition</a> is already widely known, is a new Guggenheim Museum truly what Helsinki needs? This is the burning question of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Next Helsinki counter-competition</a> organizers, who describe the Guggenheim franchise as "the cultural equivalent of Starbucks". Organized by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Checkpoint Helsinki</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Terreform</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G.U.L.F.</a> (Global Ultra Luxury Faction), architects, designers, urbanists, and environmentalists worldwide submitted their alternative ideas on how the site can be transformed to best meet Helsinki's cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The call for ideas drew in 217 international entries from 40 countries on five continents, according to architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Sorkin</a>, who chaired the jury. In the end, the jury shortlisted eight entries they deemed as outstanding ideas -- which are not necessarily refined and final proposals. (...</p> 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal awarded to Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano Justine Testado 2015-02-03T14:45:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:15:54-05:00 <img src="" width="574" height="960" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano of Spanish practice Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos were announced as the recipients of the 2015 Alvar Aalto Medal. First awarded in 1967 and designed by Alvar Aalto himself, The Alvar Aalto Medal is given to individuals in recognition for their significant architectural achievements. Nieto and Sobejano were announced as the winners of the twelfth Medal today during an Architecture Day seminar at Helsinki City Hall.</p><p>Previous winners include Portuguese architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paulo David (2012)</a> and Danish practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tegnestuen Vandkunsten (2009)</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Collaborators since the early 1980s, it's no question that Nieto and Sobejano have built up a diverse portfolio, although their most recognizable works are museums and galleries. In addition to running their 40-employee firm Nieto Sobejano Architects in Madrid and Berlin, both architects also lecture at the European University of Madrid and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Nieto and Sobejano's work has been exhibited at...</p> Guggenheim Helsinki finalists begin last leg of the competition Justine Testado 2015-01-12T02:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T09:44:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The six Guggenheim Helsinki finalists <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted early last month</a> will begin Stage Two of the highly debated competition with a visit to the museum site in Helsinki from January 14-16 as they start further development on their current proposals for final submission this April.</p><p>The names of the finalists have been revealed, but will not be matched to their proposals until the winner is announced in June 2015. The winning team will receive a prize of &euro;100,000 (approx. US$136,000), while each runner-up will receive&nbsp;&euro;55,000 (approx. US$75,000)</p><p>The finalists are:</p><ul><li>AGPS Architecture Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland; Los Angeles, USA)</li><li>Asif Khan Ltd. (London, United Kingdom)</li><li>Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York, USA; Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia)</li><li>Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart, Germany)</li><li>Moreau Kusunoki Architectes (Paris, France)</li><li>SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid, Spain; Western Australia)</li></ul><p>During the two-day visit, finalists will meet with the competition jury and Guggenheim Foun...</p> Archinect Project Collections presents your Guggenheim Helsinki proposals! Archinect 2014-12-30T19:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:23:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>One of 2014's most popular news item was the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement of Stage One</a> of the not uncontroversial Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.</p><p>With a mind-boggling pool of over 1,700 Stage One entries (and one Idaho potato) from 77 countries, it's tough to grant each proposal an appropriate platform and audience&nbsp;&mdash; so we created a new exciting Archinect feature: <em>Project Collections</em>!</p><p>Over the past few weeks, many of you had already followed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our call</a> to share your own submissions as project posts directly on your Archinect people or firm profiles, and Project Collections has them now all accessible in one handy <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki list</a></strong>.</p><p>Haven't submitted your entry yet? Worry not&nbsp;&mdash; the collection is an ongoing effort and new matches are constantly being added to the list.</p><p><strong>TO SHARE YOUR GUGGENHEIM HELSINKI SUBMISSION: </strong></p><p>Simply submit your entries as <em>project</em> posts to your Archinect profile. Don't have a profile yet? Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> if you're a firm, or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> if you're an individual.</p><p>We're adding entries t...</p> What do you think of the Guggenheim Helsinki Stage One entries? Justine Testado 2014-10-22T19:25:00-04:00 >2014-11-03T13:31:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition reeled in a whopping 1,715 entries from 77 countries. Although the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation officially launched the competition this past summer, the idea of proposing a new Guggenheim Museum for the city of Helsinki has already stirred plenty of debate...Most of the entries received were from the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, and of course, Finland.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We picked out a few fairly promising submissions and more, uh, interesting ones.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out more of our picks and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> The Next Helsinki counter-competition launches in response to Guggenheim Helsinki controversy Justine Testado 2014-09-09T21:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T17:08:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="515" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the same day that Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki competition will conclude, The Next Helsinki is launching their own international call for alternative solutions to attract the best ideas that they believe would better meet the needs and enhance the city of Helsinki, Finland. Launched by a group of independent arts organizations and chaired by Michael Sorkin, The Next Helsinki bluntly addresses the controversy that the Guggenheim Helsinki competition has sparked [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Below is <em>The Next Helsinki</em> announcement:</p><p>"Coinciding with the end of the official competition for the design of the controversial Guggenheim Helsinki, a group of independent arts organizations has issued a call for submissions for alternative ideas. This competition&mdash;titled The Next Helsinki&mdash;is designed to attract innovative ideas about how to more fully meet the city&rsquo;s cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.</p><p>Following the success of the Guggenheim Bilbao in transforming that region&rsquo;s tourist economy, many city managers have been seduced by the fantasy that a high-concept museum, designed by a starchitect, will turn around its urban fortunes in a similar way. Advocates of this branding formula see Helsinki as an ideal candidate for a new Guggenheim franchise. Yet the proposal has generated a surprisingly heated public debate among Finland&rsquo;s citizenry, with pro and anti-Guggenheim sentiment running high.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Next Helsinki competition aims to elevate the debate by giving voice to b...</p> Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-21T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T10:19:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Helsinki] has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 ... allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. [...] Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and ... the app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries</p></em><br /><br /><p>Where apps and mass transit collide, commuters struggle most with coordination. Now, with so many different forms of transit, both public and privately mediated, commuters (and cities) need navigation tools that compare all options for them. Making this as accessible as possible, as Helsinki is trying to do, also eases the transition away from private-car ownership, by making all types of transportations options seem just as imminently accessible as your car in the driveway.</p><p>The U.S. is also experimenting with these "point-to-point", "mobility on demand" transit systems. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bridj</a>, a new bus company in Boston, doesn't actually own buses but will create routes, nearly in real-time, based on rider's mobility data, and then contract actual bus companies to get people where they need to go.</p> Helsinki Divided on Plan for a Guggenheim Satellite Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T18:46:54-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City boosters in this Nordic capital dream of a Guggenheim museum of Finnish wood rising near the Baltic Sea and one day drawing millions of tourists and cruise passengers. But the huge costs of the proposed development are stirring a backlash here against an institution that is ordinarily accustomed to eager suitors.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki city council reserves plot for Guggenheim</a></p> Department of State and Finnish officials dedicate renovated U.S. Embassy in Helsinki Justine Testado 2014-04-30T20:35:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:33:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>U.S. Department of State, OBO, and local Finnish officials hosted the dedication ceremony for the new campus of the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland today. Located in the same 3-acre site since the 1930s in the Kaivopuisto District in downtown Helsinki, the $114 million project had Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, CA as design architect; PAGE of Arlington, VA as architect of record; and BL Harbert International LLC from Birmingham for construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Started in November 2011, the three-phase project consisted of renovating existing spaces and adding new facilities to enrich the campus. The transformation of the existing office annex into the new Innovation Center finished in January 2013 while completion of the new chancery in phase two happened this past February. If all continues to go well, the existing chancery and ambassador's residence will be renovated by this December.</p><p>Finnish cultural references in the new Embassy's aesthetics include the permanent art collection and the ne...</p> How Helsinki mashed up “open data” with regionalism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-29T15:27:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:18:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For more than a century, [Helsinki] has funded its own statistics bureaus to keep data on the population, businesses, building permits, and most other things you can think of. [...] Helsinki and three of its neighboring cities are now banding together... Through an entity called Helsinki Region Infoshare, they are bringing together their data so that a fuller picture of the metro area can come into view.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As city governments become stronger drivers of infrastructural change, and the idea of a "connected city" becomes imminent, cities must learn how to manage and wield the vast amount of data collected. Parallel developments in city demographics, creating stronger links between cities within a larger region, means that more people are contributing to and relying on that data. Making it comprehensive and&nbsp;accessible to all is the obvious (and necessary) next step.</p><p>To access data for both Helsinki and its greater regional area, check out&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City of Helsinki Urban Facts</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Region Infoshare</a>&nbsp;(both websites in English).</p><p>Related: A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">survey</a>&nbsp;released earlier this month ranks U.S. cities on how accessible their data is, whether or not they have an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open data</a> policy. Perhaps not surprisingly, San Francisco is ranked as #1.</p> Helsinki city council reserves plot for Guggenheim Alexander Walter 2014-01-13T15:29:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:01:10-05:00 <img src="" width="580" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now that Helsinki has decided to reserve a plot in the South Harbour, the Guggenheim Foundation can organize and fund an international architecture competition for a potential Helsinki museum location.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Step Toward a Guggenheim in Helsinki</a></p> Currently on display in Helsinki: “Erratic” by Norell/Rodhe Justine Testado 2013-10-08T18:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-08T18:46:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Erratic" is an installation piece by Swedish architects Norell/Rodhe that shows a lot of personality. Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe recently completed the project, which was featured in Helsinki Design Week this past September. Made from a thick custom-made sack restricted at hundreds of points, the massive 3 x 3 x 3 meter piece illustrates the tension between meticulous design and temperamental materials.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Helsinki Central Library Competition - Honorable Mention “Helsinki Link” by Kutonotuk Alexander Walter 2013-07-01T17:04:00-04:00 >2013-07-06T07:10:00-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design and research collaborative Kutonotuk is sharing with us its proposal "Helsinki Link" which was awarded one of the four Honorable Mentions in the recent competition for the design of the new Helsinki Central Library.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> <p> If Kutonotuk doesn't immediately ring a bell, you may remember the odd but fascinating finalist entry for the 2013 MoMA PS1 YAP "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MY HAIR IS AT MOMA PS1</a>" by TempAgency, a collaboration between Kutonotuk and mcdowellespinosa.</p> Helsinki Central Library Competition - 3rd Prize Winner “LIBLAB” by Playa Architects Alexander Walter 2013-06-27T21:17:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:54:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the recent competition for the design of the new Helsinki Central Library, the jury had decided not to award a Second Prize but to give a shared Third Prize to the entries &rdquo;LIBLAB&rdquo; and "Kasi&rdquo; instead [...]. Helsinki-based Playa Architects are the designers behind LIBLAB and have sent us some more information about their design concept.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> Helsinki Central Library Entry by AAKAA & MARS Architectes Alexander Walter 2013-06-20T14:38:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T14:29:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, we published the winners of the highly popular Helsinki Central Library competition. One of the five entries recognized with an Honorable Mention is the proposal Through the Looking Glass which is conceptualized around the idea of a "building like a bookcase." The design was a collaboration between French architecture firms AAKAA and MARS Architectes.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects&rsquo; K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s as Winner</a></p> Helsinki Central Library Competition Picks ALA Architects’ Käännös as Winner Alexander Walter 2013-06-18T21:32:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:40:38-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The international architectural competition for the design of the Helsinki Central Library [...] has announced the entry "K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s" by Finnish firm ALA Architects as the winning proposal. The jury selected K&auml;&auml;nn&ouml;s unanimously and described the entry as "impressive and casually generous." A Second Prize was not awarded, and the entries &rdquo;Liblab&rdquo; by Playa Architects and "Kasi&rdquo; by Verstas Architects were awarded a shared Third Prize. Additionally, five Honorable Mentions were awarded.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Helsinki Central Library Competition Announces Stage 2 Finalists</a></p> Helsinki Central Library Entry by OYO + office9 + Ingenium Alexander Walter 2012-11-30T20:02:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T19:09:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of our mini series of Stage 1 proposals submitted to the Helsinki Central Library competition, here is the entry by Belgian collaboration OYO + office9 + Ingenium.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Helsinki Central Library Entry by OODA Alexander Walter 2012-11-29T13:30:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:58:26-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of our mini series of Stage 1 proposals submitted to the Helsinki Central Library competition, here is the entry by Portuguese firm OODA.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Helsinki Central Library Entry by Sputnik and ABT Alexander Walter 2012-11-28T14:12:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:59:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of our mini series of Stage 1 proposals submitted to the Helsinki Central Library competition, here is the entry by Sputnik and ABT from Rotterdam.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Helsinki Central Library Entry by Team HELLO WORLD! Alexander Walter 2012-11-28T14:10:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:59:05-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of our mini series of Stage 1 proposals submitted to the Helsinki Central Library competition, here is the entry by Viennese team HELLO WORLD!</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>