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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13 Sep 2015

Group X’s member Kivi Sotamaa is lecturing at the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver, next September 28th at 6:00 pm. Kivi Sotamaa is principal of Ateljé Sotamaa, and founder and design director of ADD Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory. The title of the lecture is…

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07 Sep 2015

Group X is taking part in the studio course Interactive Dance House Helsinki, a Building Design studio course at Master’s level at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University. The course is organized by Professors Pirjo Sanaksenaho and Teemu Kurkela in collaboration with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. It will…

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02 Jun 2015

Group X and the Aalto University Department of Architecture will organize a summer workshop & studio in collaboration with Royal College of Art in London. The studio aims for a new solution for those schoolchildren and teachers in Espoo, whose own school is under repair: a permanent transient school. This…

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21 May 2015

Next Thursday May 28th, Fernando Nieto from Group X will be presenting the paper in coauthorship with Antti Ahlava “X-ing Disciplines from Architecture. The Case of Aalto ARTS”, at the International Conference on Teaching Innovation (JIDA’15 – Conference on Educational Innovation in Architecture), to be held at the School…

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12 May 2015

Next Monday May 18th at 18.00 the exhibition Final Works – Architecture Exhibition will be opened in the ground floor lobby of the main building at Aalto University (Otakaari 1, Otaniemi Campus). The exhibition shows the Master’s Theses from students graduated at the Department of Architecture last year. It…

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09 May 2015

Our Group X’s members Antti Ahlava and Kivi Sotamaa have been awarded with an honorable mention in the international architecture competition for the Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki. The competition has received 1,715 submissions from 77 countries. Their entry “Kissing Helsinki” has been the only submission from Finland that has…

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13 Mar 2015

The first Human Cities workshop will take place in Saint-Étienne on March 16th to 18th, and Group X is excited to participate! The workshop is held in the context of the International Conference Crossroads 2015, which is part of the Human Cities_Challenging the City Scale programme. Professor Antti Ahlava…

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