Wooden vernacular architecture of present-day Finland & Finnish Sápmi : Livelihoods & life cycles

Franziska Dalheimer*

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Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) is an increasingly popular and necessary approach used for assessing impacts of building materials and building processes. While there is a growing understanding in the field of architecture that the life span of building life cycles should be increased, this reflection on wooden vernacular architecture in present-day Finland and Finnish Sápmi indicates that building life cycles are strongly connected with the inhabitants’ seasonal livelihood and awareness of resource depletion. Certain building types found in Sápmi, were purposely only meant to last a few decades and decay and reuse, latter especially for Finnish log frame buildings, were naturally end-of-life aims. The used materials are characterized by short and mostly local production chains with primarily bio-based waste generation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-69
Number of pages4
JournalSymmetry: Art and Science
VolumeSpecial Issue
Issue number2023/1-4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference of the Committee for Folk Architecture of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Veszprém Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Veszprém, Hungary
Duration: 27 Aug 202331 Aug 2023
Conference number: 2


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