Travel Architecture on the Arctic Circle: Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition

Pirjo Sanaksenaho (Curator), Maiju Suomi (Curator), Erkko Aarti (Curator), Heikki Viiri (Curator)

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By showcasing architectural concepts of buildings that save emissions and energy through material and land use, we are encouraged to live slowly in a sustainable way. Here, we present design projects by Master's students of architecture in Building Design Studio, Autumn 2020.
Tourism is shifting globally in the age of climate crises. Mass tourism will decrease, and local travel destinations will become more important. Instead of flying somewhere for a weekend, people will stay longer when they travel. Lapland is becoming more important as a tourist destination because of its pure and untouchable nature. The architecture for tourism in the region should respect its fragile nature and adapt to its local cultural context.

The 2020 Building Design Studio course outcomes are showcased at Helsinki Design Week as part of Aalto's Designs for a Cooler Planet.

Working group

Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Maiju Suomi, Erkko Aarti and Heikki Viiri, Department of Architecture at Aalto University

Olavi Pokka, Aaro Lehtoniemi, Pokka Oy 

Soile VeijolaOuti Rantala, University of Lapland  

Student projects in the exhibition: Arvi Eskelinen, Elsa KangaspuntaMaria Karjalainen, Lauri Kärpänoja, Oskari Lumikari, Heljä Nieminen, Kaisa Riippi, Johanna Saarela 

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherAalto University
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021
MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
EventHelsinki Design Week: Designs for a Cooler Planet - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 8 Sept 202129 Sept 2021

Field of art

  • Architecture


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