08 Sep 2017
08 Sep 2017
08 Sep 2017

Group X is collaborating again with the Professorship of Building Design (Prof. Pirjo Sanaksenaho) in the studio course on the topic Psychiatric Hospital in Laakso (Helsinki), to be held at Aalto University Department of Architecture during this Autumn Semester 2017. The Building Design Studio task is to design a…

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29 Aug 2017

We are happy to announce that Group X member M.Sc.(Arch.) Julle Oksanen, one of the Light & Space Academy leaders, has just become PhD in Architecture, D.Sc.(Arch.), with a dissertation titled “Design Concepts in Architectural Outdoor Lighting Design Based on Metaphors as a Heuristical Tool”. Julle defended his doctoral…

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23 Aug 2017

In September 2017 Group X representing Aalto University, Helsinki partner in the Human Cities network, welcomes the other partners from ten European cities to a unique international creative event “Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale/Helsinki 2017” featuring an exhibition and a collaborative workshop. Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018 is…

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21 Aug 2017

Aalto University and MIT Media Lab wish to use Aalto University Otaniemi campus and its surroundings as a Living Lab to test and evaluate urban innovation. To foster a mutually beneficial collaboration, MIT and AU have initiated a cooperation on the creation of the City Science Lab @ Aalto…

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08 Jun 2017

Group X will participate in the Sri Lanka Hambantota International Cultural Exchange Centre and Innovation Expo Action Plan Workshop, an international workshop with local government and Universities to be held in Sri Lanka from June 21th to 27th, 2017. Academic institutions taking part in the workshop are the Shanghai…

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12 May 2017

Human Cities Event / Ljubljana 23–27 May 2017 PUBLIC SPACES FOR LOCAL LIFE / Shared values in diversified urban communities as a foundation for participatory provision of local public spaces. A joint event of EU Human Cities: Challenging the city scale project (Creative Europe 2014-2020) and AESOP’s thematic group…

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12 May 2017

Architecture Building Design Master Course exhibition presents projects, which are based on a real initiative and need for spaces for a media education centre as part of Aalto University. The University has suggested a site in the centre of Otaniemi, near the new building of the School of Arts,…

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12 May 2017

Final Review for Studio Hong Kong: Diversifying Forms of Living with the Aalto University Department of Architecture presents the Master of Architecture student designs for hyperdensity and verticality in housing in Hong Kong. The studio is organised by Group X at Aalto and funded by the EU Human Cities…

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08 May 2017
31 Mar 2017

Group X’s postdoctoral researcher Fernando Nieto is the new innovation agent for Aalto ARTS in 2017. He will represent the Department of Architecture in the Innovation Scout project, a Tekes KINO project owned by Tuija Pulkkinen from Research and Innovation Services and Aalto University’s Vice President of Research and…

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10 Mar 2017

Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale/Saint-Étienne 2017 Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 9th March – 9th April 2017 After the launch of the project and a first workshop in 2015, Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale comes back in Saint-Etienne for the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2017, to share with the audience…

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07 Mar 2017
24 Feb 2017

Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale 2014-2018 March 13-14, 2017 Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne 2017 Context The Cité du design, which leds the European project Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale, has carried out experiments on the subject of the “Urban scale in question” since 2015. In the contemporary urban context,…

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15 Feb 2017

Belgrade Design Week welcomes its partners from eleven European cities to a unique international creative event “HUMAN CITIES/ SHARING CLOUD – Kragujevac 2017”, inviting the broadest public, citizens and citizens initiatives, architects, urban planers, the creative community, artists, economists, municipal administrations, media, academia and students from Serbia and the…

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06 Feb 2017

The project School as a Service (SaaS), developed conceptually by Group X at Aalto University Department of Architecture in collaboration with the City of Espoo, has been awarded with the Quality Innovation Award 2016 in the category of Education. More information about the prize here. The project keeps on…

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02 Feb 2017

PhilaU – Aalto – UofO – Sustainable Luminaire & Lighting Design Competition 2016 The International Lighting Competition “InnoLight” has been celebrated as a student design competition between universities in Finland and USA. Students from Aalto University, Philadelphia University and University of Oregon have taken part in the competition. The…

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10 Jan 2017

The studio course on Housing Design and Diversifying Forms of Living titled Superimposed Verticality will be presented tomorrow Wednesday 11th at 14:15 in Paja building in Otaniemi. The course is organized by Group X in collaboration with the Housing Design chair (Prof. Hannu Huttunen) at Aalto University Department of…

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29 Oct 2016
26 Oct 2016

Service Logic in Architecture course welcomes students to design architectural solutions with a social, instrumental value for users, basing on the “School as a Service” case in Otaniemi. During the course, students will be familiarized with the concept of service architecture, will develop a method of using a service…

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09 Oct 2016

Group X’s member Janne Saario has been selected Next Generation Leader 2016 by the prestigious American Time Magazine. Janne Saario’s life rarely veers from skateboarding. The breezy former pro-skateboarder from Helsinki, 33, has turned a passion for skating into a calling, becoming one of the few landscape architects in…

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03 Oct 2016

Sino Finnish 100 Challenge is organized during 2017 in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangdong in co-operation with Finnish and Chinese universities, companies, cities, public organizations and innovative individuals. SF 100 Challenge is carried out as main event of the Finland 100 anniversary program in China. SF 100 Challenge utilizes Finnish…

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03 Oct 2016

Two seminars are served as the warm up events for two architectural exhibitions: “People’s Architecture: Architect HSIEH Ying-Chun and Atelier-3” and “Making Places: Fieldoffice Architects and HUANG Sheng-Yuan”. “People’s Architecture” exhibition will present a temporary pavilion, built by citizens and international refugees at the city centre of Helsinki in…

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14 Sep 2016

Welcome to Tongji-Aalto Postgraduate Seminar on Sustainable Design ——Service logic for shaping future living environment Date: 7th October 2016 Time: 9:30-11:30 / 13:30-15:00 Venue: Aalto Design Factory Our living environment is changing. It shifts from the conditions that are dominated by the idea of well-being shaped by unsustainable consumerism…

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12 Sep 2016

Group X’s members Fernando Nieto and Claudia Auer will take part as teachers in the Building Design studio course Future Media Center for Aalto University in Otaniemi, organized by Professor of Building Design Pirjo Sanaksenaho. The course is held at Aalto University Department of Architecture, starting on Tuesday September…

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29 Aug 2016

The project called School as a Service (SaaS), developed by Group X at Aalto University Department of Architecture and led by Professors Antti Ahlava and Jarmo Suominen, has just become reality on Otaniemi campus at Aalto University. During August 2016, 350 students from Haukilahti Upper Secondary School of the…

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13 Aug 2016

The architectural office of Group X leader Antti Ahlava, helsinkizurich Office Ltd, has recently been awarded twice internationally. The office received the Innovation and Excellence Award 2016 for Excellence in Urban Design, awarded by the international UK publisher LiveWire. The prize is given for the best championing their business…

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08 Aug 2016

A school of today and the future is more flexible and connected to the society. Old patterns of teaching and learning are replaced with social interaction and learning together. Reporter and editor: Eini Nyman Camera: Silja Ylitalo, Eini Nyman Music: Setuniman @ freesound.org

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05 Jun 2016

The public sauna Löyly has just been opened in Hernesaari, Helsinki. The building has been designed by Avanto Architects, Ville Hara and Anu Puustinen. Ville Hara has been a teacher in our studio course Typological Hybridizations at Aalto University Department of Architecture. Sauna bathing is an essential part of…

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04 Jun 2016

Ateljé Sotamaa, where our Group X’s member Kivi Sotamaa is one of the two principals, has just finished the holistic design of Finnjävel Restaurant in Helsinki. Half a year ago two truly inspiring chefs, Henri Alén and Tommi Tuominen, and a visionary Somelier Samuil Angelov approached us with an…

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27 May 2016

Next Thursday June 2nd, the exhibition with student works in the studio course Dance House Helsinki will be opened in the Turbine Hall at Cable Factory in Helsinki. The project is based on a real initiative and need for performance spaces for a leading dance education centre and theatre…

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20 May 2016

Next Tuesday May 24th (09:00-14:00) we will hold the final review of the studio course at Master’s level Typological Hybrizidations at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University, Miestentie 3, seminar room 220. The course is a collaboration between Group X at Aalto University and Madrid-based architectural office estudio Herreros….

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12 May 2016

Aalto Festival is back again, showcasing the talents of Aalto University students, graduates and faculty. Aalto Festival 2016 will be held during the second fortnight of May in many premises in Helsinki and Espoo at the same time. The opening ceremony of Aalto Festival 2016 will be held on…

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07 May 2016

Kivi Sotamaa will take parte in the exhibition and symposium Archeology of the Digital. Complexity and Convention at the Canadian Center for Architecture CCA. The symposium will be held on May 10-11, 2016. Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention, an exhibition that dissects and reassembles material from fifteen…

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22 Apr 2016

Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, from Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and Alvar Aalto Medal 2015, will be lecturing at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University (Otakaari 1X, lecture hall A1) on Wednesday 27.04 at 18:00.

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20 Apr 2016

Group X’s member Teemu Kurkela, from JKMM Architects, will be lecturing within the Contemporary Finnish Architecture lecture series. The lecture will be next Thursday 21th April at 14:15 at Otakaari 1X, hall A2.

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13 Apr 2016

Group X’s member Claudia Auer, from Auer & Sandås Architects, will be lecturing within the Contemporary Finnish Architecture lecture series. The lecture will be next Thursday 14th April at 14:15 at Otakaari 1X, hall A2.

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12 Apr 2016

In the context of the Human Cities partners meeting, to be held in Milan on April 13th-15th, the exhibition “Human Cities_ Challenging the City Scale/Milano” will be showed, where Group X at Aalto University is taking part showing the projects “School as a Service” and “Exit School of Architecture”….

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20 Mar 2016

Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale/Milano will host the Human Cities annual meeting involving more than 30 participants from the 11 partners. The meeting will be an opportunity to share how the European cities involved in the programme, are activating public spaces, to schedule the future steps, to promote the…

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10 Jan 2016

Next Thursday January 14th at 18:00, Juan Herreros & Jens Richter will be lecturing with the title “Looping Forward” at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University. Juan Herreros and Jens Richter are organizing the studio course “Typological Hybridizations” during the Spring semester 2016 in collaboration with Group…

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30 Dec 2015

Images courtesy of estudio Herreros Typological Hybridizations An Urban Mixed-Use Complex on Otaniemi Campus (Mountain Man Hybrid Block) A studio course at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University, with estudio Herreros (Juan Herreros & Jens Richter) A Master’s level design course as part of the Campus Development of Aalto…

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04 Dec 2015

The seminar JOT-Flexible Learning Places on new learning environments based on the concept of JOT project (Joustavat Oppimisen Tilat), organized by the City of Espoo and Group X at the Department of Architecture of Aalto University, will be held on Monday 14.12 at Urban Mill premises. The full data…

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04 Dec 2015

Next Monday the final review of the studio course “Interactive Dance House Helsinki” will be held in the old building designed by Alvar Aalto of the Department of Architecture at Otakaari 1 (seminar room M134). The course is a collaboration between Aalto University in Finland and Tsinghua University in…

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28 Nov 2015

The Italian magazine on architecture and design Abitare includes in issue 550 an article on the housing system Atelier House by Ateljé Sotamaa, written by Knud Walter and titled “Being Open to Everything Around us”. Ateljé Sotamaa is co-directed by our Group X’s member Kivi Sotamaa. Photographs by Tuuli…

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16 Nov 2015

Today Group X and the Labs for Learners studio attended the launch event of the new school based on the concept of School as a Service. The event was held at the Urban mill on Otaniemi campus, and was hosted by our Adjunct Professor Jarmo Suominen, Kristiina Erkkilä from…

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22 Oct 2015

Group X will be present at the 7th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research in Finland ATUT 2015, to be held on October 23rd and 24th at the Department of Architecture of Aalto University, and organized by the same Department together with the Department of Architecture at Tampere University of Technology…

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18 Sep 2015

The City of Espoo has announced the project to create a new learning environment for schoolchildren in Otaniemi in collaboration with Aalto University. The objective is to start running this new school next fall semester 2016, consisting of flexible learning spaces located at Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus. The facilities…

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16 Sep 2015

The second Human Cities key activity, Recode the City Festival, will take place in London on September 21th to 23th, and Group X is excited to participate! The activity workshop is part of the Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale programme. Antti Ahlava and Pekka Tynkkynen will represent the group,…

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14 Sep 2015

As a part of the Human Cities project all the partners will host a meeting and prepare an experimentation on challenging the city scale. For our part the event is scheduled for the summer of 2017, but we have eagerly started to prepare our experimentation already. As a part…

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