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Working on an eco lodge in Tibet

Me and Anssi are now working on an eco lodge design in Gyalthang, Tibet. I will post more, when the project gets closer to realization!

Seaside sauna in an old toilet, Ekenäs, Finland

Me and Anssi (Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen) have designed an extraordinary sauna for the Kankkunen family in Ekenäs, south-western Finland. The building is converted from a former school outdoor toilet into a sauna. It is very large, 56 m2, which allows for a terrace under the old roof. The construction has almost finished in Sept 2011, but some additions will be done in spring 2012! See the pictures here.

Timed urbanism – my MSc thesis

I have handed in my MSc in Architecture thesis work called “Timed Urbanism. Designing the transformation of an urban brownfield in Satamaportti, Kotka.” The thesis in published online in Finnish here at Issuu.

Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen became part of Ukumbi

Our two-person team as become part of the Finnish humanitarian architecture NGO Ukumbi. The NGO seeks to mitigate poverty by means of architecture, and it’s founders Jenni, Saija and Helena are our former teachers at Aalto university. Me and Anssi felt that we can best get support and share expertise from project such as Sra Pou vocational school through Ukumbi. Also, Ukumbi will be the background organization in our possible future projects in the field of humanitarian architecture. So now I am a board member of the NGO and we are one of the Ukumbi design teams.

Sra Pou vocational school published in several blogs and magazines

We have been very happy to see how widely architecture and ecology blogs have been interested in Sra Pou vocational school. By googling “Sra Pou” you will finds hundreds of hits of our project and articles about it. Here are a couple of the ones we like the best:

World Architecture News




Studio Basel has updated their website with my work

I just recently found mine and Annabel Cremer’s research book on Kolkata “Bodies of Water” published online at my former employer Studio Basel’s website. Go and have a look!

Sra Pou vocational school finished

We have finished our first built project with Architects Rudanko Kankkunen. See the final photos and press material at our blog or our company website I am happy!

Urban Pilot project coordinator at Helsinki City Planning Office

I am leading the Urban Pilot project at Helsinki City Planning Office during the year 2011. My work is about building the identity of former harbors in central Helsinki that are now being developed into urban districts. The job is closely related to my design and research work with Kotka harbor, and I am very happy to take the challenge to work with similar issues in Helsinki. The position is temporary, as I am replacing my colleague Meri Louekari during her maternal leave. In 2012 I will return to my own company and freelance work.

Sra Pou blog

This March and April I will be in Sra Pou, Cambodia overseeing the construction of our Sra Pou vocational school project. It is wonderful news that all donations have been collected and the school is now being built! All Finnish readers can follow the progress of construction at – others will find images there, and can request me for more info in English anytime. I am very excited to get this project realized after the great effort me and my design partner Anssi have put into it. We hope to help the people in Sra Pou and to give an encouraging example to all others: architects can be proactive, get things going, act for the ones who don’t have the power to do so themselves.

HUM:ARC wins a prize in D² pitching competition

HUM:ARC pitched itself  2500e to develop further our communications system in the D²-pitching competition. Hilla Rudanko and Inari Virkkala pitched to the jury in the competition held in Helsinki on the 2nd of February, 2011.

In order to make HUM:ARC more known and more prepared to reply to the challenges lying ahead, HUM:ARC will work on the webpage and the the blogs of Sra Pou and Komitu to make the best out of our pilot construction projects. We will document the processes carefully and collect the data in an easily approachable format. Stay tuned!

Sra Pou school project video

Sra Pou school project video is online in WeFund:
Through this video we collecting the last donations to complete the construction budget. The construction will start in one month and continue through March 2011.

HUM:ARC – Finnish collective for humanitarian architecture

Me and Anssi Kankkunen became part of HUM:ARC, a Finnish collective for humanitarian architecture, in autumn 2010. The collective was founded already in 2008, and worked in its first years mostly through informing architects about humanitarian issues. In 2010, our  Sra Pou vocational school project in Cambodia got started along with two more Finnish humanitarian architecture projects. So, all of us young Finnish architects working in humanitarian design decided to get together under the umberella of HUM:ARC. HUM:ARC closely collaborates with Ukumbi ry., which is an older NGO working in the field of humanitarian architecture. HUM:ARC has its own blog under – visit it for more detail!

Sra Pou school published in LUMHOR

Mine and Anssi Kankkunen’s project Sra Pou vocational school in Cambodia has been published in LUMHOR magazine.  See the atricle by clicking the link!

Facebook group for Sra Pou school

We have started a Facebook group for people who want to help us in the Sra Pou vocational school project. You can read more about the project in previous posts. Now it’s time to join efforts and get the school built! We welcome all volunteers who wish to join us in Cambodia Feb – April 2011 or help in detailing the design before that. Join the Facebook group here:

Cambodia project gets support

We have gotten two stipendiums to support the Sra Pou vocational school project! It is wonderful to get the construction preparation work started for real now that we have the basic costs covered. The first stipendium is from Finnish Architects Union’s Viljo Revell Fund to cover travel costs to Cambodia for our next trip there. The second one is from Alfred Kordelin’s fund for the design and site supervision work n Cambodia. We are planning to travel to the building site of the Sra Pou vocational school in February or May 2011 to start the building process. We are still looking for funding for the building materials, so if you know any good sources, please contact! See the project description in an earlier post: .

Here are some of the latest images from the project:

Arhitects Rudanko + Kankkunen established

We have founded a new company with my design partner Anssi Kankkunen: Architects Rudanko + Kankkunen, abbreviated AR+K. The company will serve for our common projects, of which the first professional one is the vocational school in Sra Pou, Cambodia. We got the official stamps for our founding papers just this week and are now proceeding with the website and of course, the projects!

Co-working at Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects

I have started a job at a well-known Finnish architecture office Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects. The office specializes public buildings, office-buildings, housing, renovations and urban planning. See the latest projects at .

My interview in Aino magazine

I was interviewed shortly for the next issue of Aalto university’s Aino magazine about life and work in general. Read the issue here.

Vocational School in Cambodia

We have just returned from the field trip to Cambodia. Me and Anssi Kankkunen are designing a vocational school for a relocated community in Udong, 50 km outside of the capital Phnom Penh.

The community has been evicted from an informal settlement in Phnom Penh and relocated on an empty site in Udong. They lack basic infrastructure, shelter and jobs. We are designing a vocational school to provide professional training to the people in order to give them work in the new rural setting. We are also developing two house prototypes for the families.

The first design of the vocational school was done on a narrow site provided by the community. However, this site turned out to be too narrow for a building permission and the community leader arranged us another one. Now we are designing on the new site and really hoping to be able to build the school after some fundraising.

Here are images of the first design:

Udong exterior.

Udong interior 1

TU-PA design collective founded

The workspace project that I initiated last autumn is finally starting to be ready. The working name “Koetila” has changed as I found a beautiful space in an old customs building Tulli- ja Pakkahuone in Katajanokka, Helsinki. From the building’s name we adopted the name TU-PA for our design collective.

We are now a group of  seven designers working in the space.  Public School Helsinki ( organizes events regularly in the space, and a comic artist’s club meets there weekly. There are also occasional exhibitions and events. We hope that the space will accommodate more functions and people after some time!

Design for Cambodia

I decided to be part of the Cambodia studio at Aalto university and thus travel to Cambodia to find a design task with a local NGO. Hollmén Reuter Sandman architects have organized the studio, where we will design public buildings for NGOs’ needs in Cambodia. The field trip takes place in March 2010, and after the trip we will design in Finland with the guidance of our visiting professor Anna Heringer.

Kulttuurirahasto stipendium 2010

I have received a Kulttuurirahasto grant for personal work and the founding of a workspace in Helsinki. I have planned the workspace for long, as you can see when visiting at the address . There were several changes to my plans, as people wanting to join had different ideas, and it took some time to find a suitable space.

I was very happy to receive the grant in February 2010, as it allowed me to finalize the plans and rent a space in the old customs building, Tulli- ja Pakkahuone, in Helsinki. The grant will be spent on curating the space with its exhibitions and events, as well as my architectural work.

Returning to Helsinki and Aalto University

I have returned to Helsinki to finish my studies at the new Aalto University. This spring I am going to concentrate on studies and work only occasionally.

Giving Book Launch at New Museum by C-Lab

The book I was working on at Columbia University C-Lab with Jeffrey Inaba has been released yesterday at a lauch at the New Museum in New York. The book is available in bookstores in Europe and the US and on Amazon.

Quote from Jeffrey:

“In place of the pursuit of personal wealth, World of Giving presents a mindset revolving around generosity. It paints a picture in which giving animates all levels of human interaction, acknowledging that each and every one of us gives. From helping out an acquaintance to donating to a valued cause, we all provide in acts big and small that benefit the immediate recipient and often others as well. In this important exploration of the sentiments of our time, the authors describe the basic motivations for why we give in reference to examples such as local volunteering, philanthropy and the flow of aid through foundations, governments, multinationals and NGOs. The book details the process of working toward a greater good and shows that a gift transforms at numerous junctures as it circulates from giver to receiver. Articulating these intricate relationships, World of Giving offers an understanding of the actions that build bridges between goodwill and need, intention and realization.”

World of Giving is by Jeffrey Inaba and C-Lab in collaboration with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, New Museum and Lars Mueller Publishers.

World of Giving book

World of Giving book2

World of Giving3

Koetila workspace in Helsinki

I am starting a workspace called Koetila in Helsinki as I return to my hometown this December. At the moment we are looking for a rental space nearby Kamppi. This workspace will also be a co-host for Public School Helsinki, a series of open events defined by the public.

The Metropolitan Exchange blog

The MEx blog is for mostly for internal communication in our co-working space, but it also gives an overview of what is happening in the space.

Interboro’s new blog and book

The Arsenal of Inclusion/Exclusion is a blog that extends the themes of the Rotterdam Open City Biennale. It tells stories about tools that can be used to close or open the city to its inhabitants. These tools will soon be compiled into a book, Encyclopedia of Inclusion/Exclusion, of which I already made a mock-up for the IABR opening three weeks ago.

MEx in Architectural Record

Metropolitan Exchange -the space where I work in Brooklyn- got published in Architectural Record!

Webpage opened

The webpage is opened. Updates will follow.

Co-working at Interboro Partners / MEx

I have started a new job at Interboro Partners urban design and research firm in Brooklyn, NY. I finished the book project at C-Lab two days ago, and luckily Interboro was flexible and let me start working for them earlier than planned. I am specializing in urban research, as my main projects will be a book on Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, “NORCs”, and projects on Newark, New Jersey. The latter include finishing redevelopment plan for the Newark area and starting a book/magazine for the residents about building regulations and best practices in the form of a comic book. I am excited about this job – the partners are extremely intelligent and friendly, and the working space (called the Metropolitan Exchange) is in an old factory building in 33 Flatbush, Downtown Brooklyn. In the space we have many design professionals working on their independent projects. So there should be interesting discussions and influences ahead!

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