• Exhibition

Urban Façades

  • Architecture
  • Urban planning
  • Sustainability
Sep 5, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 6, Fri 08:00-20:00
Sep 7, Sat 09:00-17:00
Sep 9, Mon 08:00-21:00
Sep 10, Tue 08:00-21:00
Sep 11, Wed 08:00-21:00
Sep 12, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 13, Fri 08:00-20:00
Sep 14, Sat 09:00-17:00
Otaniementie 14
Event type
Free Admission
Accessibility for all

High quality architecture is sustainable. When thoughtfully designed and well maintained, it can last forever. 

As architects, it is important to ask ourselves what defines architectural “quality”? Besides structural and functional aspects, we must also consider the properties of architectural aesthetics. In this respect, it is of great importance to gain an understanding of how building facades make use of materiality, colours, joints, forms, proportions and depth to determine the qualities of urban spaces.

It is this intersection of urban planning and building design that we positioned ourselves and our students for a semester of inquiry. 

At the beginning of the course, each student was assigned to study an existing building in central Helsinki. Through the production of detailed elevation drawings and describing the facades objectively in written form, the students became familiar with the various tools and strategies for designing facades.

Using these skills, the students were then given the main task of producing their own designs for an urban site in the city. The aim of this exercise was to produce a proposal which would establish a language that is formally consistent and sustainable.

Location: Aalto University, Väre, Main lobby, Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo

Open: 5.9–26.9

Working group:​ Aalto ARTS: Jenni Reuter, associate professor of architectural principles and theory, Department of Architecture, Satu Mahringer, teacher, Simon Mahringer, teacher. Aalto ARTS: MA students: Aapo Airas, Zhuo Chen, Mia Gröhn, Anna Markkula, Jesper Magerøy, Antti Mikola, Eerik Sillanpää, Sonja Winberg, Ying Zhang

Contact: simonmahringer@googlemail.com

This exhibition is part of Aalto University’s Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition ensemble at Otaniemi.
More info: bit.ly/acoolerplanet

Aalto University Otaniemi: Designs for a Cooler Planet

Aalto University Otaniemi: Designs for a Cooler Planet


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