Helsinki Market Square

From Helsinki with love 12.05.2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

Mother Nature seems to have forgotten Finland altogether. The last few weeks have been exceptionally cold – so cold that our famous weatherman recently burst into laughter in the middle of his daily forecast. Well, that’s Finnish spring for you, dear friends. Welcome to Helsinki, the city of warm hats, scarves and mittens in May. Should you seriously consider a visit to Helsinki, or should you be one of those fascinating freaks who collect guidebooks,…

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New York Central Park 2017

Inspiration from New York 21.02.2017 – Posted in: Inspiration

I just returned home from a few days trip to New York, and although I should hastily update our shop shelves with our new acquisitions, I thought to first share some books & architecture related inspiration. The purpose of my trip was to give a paper at the 105th annual conference of the College Art Association, which is the largest professional association for visual artists and art historians in the US. What an awesome event…

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Focus Marc Aulén and The Helsinki Book 21.11.2016 – Posted in: Inspiration

The Helsinki Book is a brand new guidebook to the cool capital of Finland. Anni had a quick chat with the author, Marc Aulén, about the book and his relationship with Helsinki. Please also check out the Helsinki Book web pages for more information about this great new opus. Marc, I’ve understood that you were not born in Helsinki. What brought you here in the first place? — My father used to work for Ford…

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The wisdom of architecture 15.10.2016 – Posted in: Inspiration

In my work as an architecture critic and theory teacher, I have come across many ideas about architecture that have no relevance whatsoever in what I personally perceive and experience. On many occasions, such ideas seem to stem from addressing architecture from the perspective of philosophy, literature theory, social sciences, or from another similar extra-architectural discipline. The great architectural theory boom that we have witnessed to sweep over architecture since the 1980s has created some…

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GA56 cover with Kiasma

Mass intertwining 02.09.2016 – Posted in: Inspiration

The last few weeks have been an exciting time for our start-up business. Our new (hopefully soon-to-be-opened) web shop for second-hand architecture books has received an overwhelmingly warm reception among all prospective business partners with whom I’ve met recently. This is just great! Lesson number 1: Trust your instincts, listen to your intuition. I thought I knew this already, but still: it’s been an exceptionally uplifting month. It’s as if our tiny shop would have…

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Kiirettä pitää | Busy, busy holidays 30.07.2016 – Posted in: Inspiration

Heinäkuu on kulunut uskomattoman nopeasti mukavan työn merkeissä. Hienoja kirjayksilöitä on tulossa valikoimiimme – iso kiitos kanssamme jo asioineille kollegoille, jotka kuka mistäkin syystä haluaa siivota kirjahyllyään. Verkkokauppaakin on rakennettu. WordPress-moottorilla pyörivien sivujen teemaksi valikoitui Laborator-tiimin Aurum, jossa oli lupaava kirjakauppa-demo valmiina. Varsinainen kauppa tulee alkuvaiheessa pankkimme holvi.com:in yhteyteen, sinnekin on jo päivitetty tuotetietoja ja kuvia. Avajaisia voimme näillä näkymin viettää ennen syyskylmiä. Alla oleva kuva on virtuaalikauppamme inspiraationa: kuva tuli Aurum-teeman mukana ja on…

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Kuukauden kirja | Book of the Month 18.07.2016 – Posted in: Inspiration

Eräs bookm-ark.fi-antikvariaatin helmistä tulee olemaan Hokos Warma Voloi – taloja ja kyliä saaristosta, Karjalasta ja Inkeristä. Vuonna 1997 julkaistuun kirjaan on koottu Teknillisen korkeakoulun arkkitehtiosaston ns. mittausleirin satoa vuosilta 1990–96. Mittausleiri kuuluu yhä vieläkin nykyisen Aalto-yliopiston Suomen ja pohjoismaiden rakennustaiteen opintojaksoon. Kirjan toimituskuntaa on johtanut ikimuistettava professori Vilhelm Helander, joka opetti arkkitehtuurin historiaa Teknillisen korkeakoulun arkkitehtiosastolla vuosina 1985–2006. Hokos Warma Voloi sisältää häikäisevän kauniita ja tarkkoja, paikan päällä tehtyjä piirustuksia perinteisistä puurakennuksista ja niiden miljöistä…

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