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Apoli2020 – Architectural Policy Programme

The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of the Environment have appointed a working group to draw up a new architectural policy programme for Finland. The work began in May 2019, and the programme is planned to be finished in October 2020.

The programme will address changes that have an impact on our future, consider how these could affect the built environment, and discuss how architecture may help improve the quality of our living environment. Finland’s first architectural policy programme was published 20 years ago.

A working group has been set to make a proposal for the new architectural policy programme, including the central goals and actions. Archinfo Finland will act as secretary to the working group. Please find a list of the working group here and more information on the policy programme here (link to the Ministry of Education and Culture’s website, in Finnish).

In addition to the working group meetings, the drafting phase will include expert lectures and workshops addressing broader themes, such as climate and resources, transitioning lifestyles, international relations and architectural education.

In 2017, Archinfo Finland carried out a feasibility study on the guidelines for reforming the national policy. The study proposed that the new programme should be built on a broad base together, at minimum, with the Ministry of Culture and Education, the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and subsequent offices as well as a variety of stakeholder groups. Please find the feasibility study here (link to a pdf file, in Finnish).

Architectural policy programme is expected to be completed in October 2020.

The work can be followed at Archinfo Finland’s website dedicated to apoli2020 (link to the website, in Finnish).