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A curved building, with a wooden ceiling and walls are made of glass.
Verstas Architects: Saunalahti School, Espoo (2012). Photo: Andreas Meichsner.

Europe City seminar on schools as public spaces at MFA on Wednesday 4 Feb 2015

The Museum of Finnish Architecture invites to participate in a forthcoming Europe City seminar that discusses schools as public urban space.  How can school buildings serve the public as a venue for community meetings and recreational activities? The seminar will take place at the Museum in Helsinki on Wednesday 4th February, 2015 at 14:00–16:00. The event language is English, admission is free, but please register in advance by email at

Featured speakers

Judit Carrera, Head of the Debates and Conferences Programme, Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), Barcelona, Spain.
Public urban spaces are the heart and soul of contemporary European cities. The pan-European Europe City Project raises public awareness of the role played by public spaces in fostering urban democracy. Carrera will discuss the project and its goals.

Matevz Celik, Director, MAO Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Celik shares a Slovenian perspective on public space.

Sinus Lynge, EFFEKT Arkitekter ApS, Denmark.

Jonas Love Norlin, Reiulf Ramstadt Arkitekter, Norway.

Ilkka Salminen, architect, Verstas Architects.
Salminen looks at the social dimensions of Saunalahti School. What roles can a school building play as the social hub of the local community?

Hilla Rudanko, architect, Rudanko-Kankkunen Architects.
Rundako discusses Sra Pou Vocational School as a wholly new type of learning environment.

Petri Saarelainen, architect, Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects.
Saarelainen looks at how the bold architecture of the Kastelli Community Centre inspires communal interaction in Oulu.

Museum of Finnish Architecture, Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki.

Sra Pou Vocational School, Cambodia. Photo credits: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen / Anssi Kankkunen
Sra Pou Vocational School, Cambodia. Photo credits: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen / Anssi Kankkunen