Architectural and Urban
Projects & Collaborations

PROXIMA UTOPIA


A world atlas of utopias – to be considered in the era of post-everything. 
Collaboration with Henrik Drufva / Selim Projects.



Perhaps following a cycle (and anticipation) of global crisis developing today, architecture finds itself again drawn to utopias. However, as today our understanding of modernities has become multi-centered and simultaneous, we are witnessing also several deviant ways in how future societies are being pursued. "Proxima Utopia" represents a project for an atlas that seeks to provide speculative cartography and imagery for these developments. It is not as such a "mappa mundi", consisting of what we currently know of the world, but more of a design-led inquiry into the "other" directions that global development might take – with or without the benevolent and harmonious past understandings of utopias. While not potentially desirable, the scenes discussed in the atlas seem yet plausible, deriving from current global politics, power relations, economy, surveillance, the post-internet and the looming ecological changes – the real contexts of future architecture.

Proxima Utopia is presented as part of the Future Architecture Platform 2017 (read more)

(More info about exhibition outcomes and presentations during summer 2017 to be announced.)
 


THE UNSEEN PROJECT


A research and restoration project in a relocated Hong Kong village, focusing on the memories, displays and ruins of everyday life and traces of domesticity. Work as collaboration in a CUHK team.





HERTTONIEMI DESIGN ST.


Honorable mention in an open ideas competition by the City of Helsinki & Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 organization. Fall 2010. Collaboration with Henrik Drufva and Rebekka Gröhn.




The proposal aimed to discuss the importance of embedding design and creativity into local manufacturing and ideas of space production, thus generating a more holistic culture of design instead of purely visual and public budget-dependent handling of the environment. The proposal suggested building over a narrow strip of lawn in the competition area with a wildly uncontrolled building code, creating a free testing site for design practices and a more urban way to enjoy the space between the buildings.




GÖSTA ART MUSEUM


Serlachius Art Museum Gösta Extention, Competition Entry, 2011. Collaboration with Henrik Drufva.  The design task was a larger extension for an existing red-brick manor today housing an art museum. The project focused on creating memorable spaces, and the sensation of visiting the home of a worldly art collector.



WONDERLAND / FUTURE SHOPPING WIEN

Aspern Seestadt



Concept design for the cental shopping district of a new housing area, fall 2010.
Selected from an open ideas competion for an international workshop Wonderland “The Other Cities” Workspace, in Architekturzentrum Wien, 2010. The concept looked into the possibilities of providing creative temporary urban uses within the normative economic model of a shopping district development.



SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN GRAND POPO



Project based on field course in Benin, West Africa. Helsinki University of Technology / Aalto University, 2006. (in a workgroup with Henrik Drufva, Rebekka Gröhn, Hossam Hewidy and Richard Sirén).

Part of “Good Morning Africa!” -exhibition, Helsinki Kunsthalle, summer 2010.