Exit School of Architecture : exhibition catalogue

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | D4 Julkaistu kehittämis- tai tutkimusraportti tai -selvitys
Date
2018
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en
Pages
42
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Aalto University publication series ART + DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE, 3/2018
Abstract
The Exit School of Architecture project examines shared local identities and meanings in newFinnish architecture. Which values and themes tie together users and designers, the private andthe public? We looked at the works’ participatory methods to find what aspects of local cultureand aesthetics are embedded in the design process and the final product. The exhibitiondemonstrates shared social and aesthetic values and reasoning behind the present Nordic Noirarchitecture in Finland. We present 14 recently completed projects and 6 diploma works that abandon standardized waysof building to find more meaningful, individual solutions to design problems in contemporarycities and landscapes while retaining shared aesthetic values of solitude, simplicity, and closenessto nature in materials and spatial expression. The projects form two categories – projects that increase the well-being of the community, andprojects that enhance one’s contact to nature, which is tied to individual well-being. The worksall emphasize calmness – they provide a place of safety, quietness and tranquility amidst the hustleof daily lives. Simultaneously they strengthen a person’s relationship with their surroundings bycreating stories through architecture. The concept of Finnishness can be examined through the projects – what are the factors thattie Finns together, and how can these characteristics be materialized in a single building, orexported to create a Finnish experience abroad? All of the projects have their own answers, butthe highlight falls on social well-being, quietness, and a deep respect and love for untouchednature.
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new Finnish architecture, projects
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