Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword / postscript


When the Aalto WiTLAB Interplay of Cultures Studio embarked on an exploration of the Sámi culture, no one in our international group of 22 students and three teachers was familiar with the people that had inhabited the northern areas of Finnish Lapland for over 3000 years – not even the ones of Finnish origin. Te Sámi people had surfaced in our education as a trivial matter without particular importance, while the Finnish popular culture presented them as a peculiar, stereotyped minority. For the main population, the Sámi were just some “reindeer people” in the Lapland. For our group of architecture and design students and teachers alike, it was a humbling experience to realize how little we knew in the beginning of what turned out to be a fascinating journey.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterplay of Cultures Studio: Sámi. Contemplating Northern Indigenous Cultures in Present Global Challenges
Place of PublicationEspoo
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-64-0572-8
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeB2 Book section

Publication series

NameAalto University publication series ART + DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE
PublisherAalto University
ISSN (Electronic)1799-4861


  • interplay of cultures
  • humanitarian architecture and development
  • global sustainability


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