The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of the Environment appointed a working group to draw up a new architectural policy programme for Finland. The work began in May 2019, and and the proposal was completed in January 2021.
The programme proposal addresses changes that have an impact on our future, consideres how these could affect the built environment, and discusses 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 was set to make a proposal for the new architectural policy programme, including the central goals and actions. Archinfo Finland acted as secretary to the working group. Please 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 included 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).
The proposal for the Architectural Policy Programme was submitted to the Minister of Science and Culture Annika Saarikko and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen on 12 January. The proposal will now be sent out for comments and the feedback will be taken into account to finalise the programme. The contents of the proposal are in the Finnish language, but the final programme will be translated to other languages.
Read more about the new proposal for Finland’s new Architectural Policy Programme from Archinfo’s news release (link to the news release).
Read more about the work at Archinfo Finland’s website dedicated to apoli2020 (link to the website, in Finnish).