Interplay of Cultures studio focuses on the thematic area of Global Sustainability and Cultural Locality, encompassing all scales of architectural design. It is a cross-cutting studio, which can be accepted as a studio course either in building design, housing or urban planning.
This year, the Interplay of Cultures studio will focus on Sámi culture in the northern Lapland. The aim is to learn about the features of a foreign culture, and to enhance understanding of the living environment and conditions of indigenous northern cultures.
The course includes visiting lectures, readings and analysis tasks on indigenous cultures. The design tasks are outlined in collaboration with the Siida museum and representatives of the Sámi communities in Inari, northern Finland. The focus of the course is on sustainable design solutions and culturally knowledgeable architecture.
The course includes studies on local building traditions and materials, as well as social, economic and climatic characteristics of the local culture. The course aims at providing the students with a wider perspective and understanding of the processes of the architectural practice when working in various cultural contexts. It also aims at developing the students’ value system and sense of responsibility.
The studio is conducted online via zoom. Language of the course is English.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://aalto.zoom.us/j/66294908044?pwd=MHpXYzVzYmRTWkNYTkpURVRZeHMzdz09Meeting ID: 662 9490 8044
Cape Town University collaboration:
Interplay of Cultures studio will run partly parallel with Cape Town University’s Living Landscape Project, which looks into the San people and culture in South Africa. Collaboration includes partly shared contents and analysis of the two cultures San / Sámi.
Timetable: Studio teaching takes place on Thursdays 13-17, period III-V, spring 2021.
Prerequisites: A Bachelor’s Degree is a prerequisite for the course.
Applying for the Course: The studio is open to Master’s Program students in architecture & landscape architecture, as well as students from Creative Sustainability Master’s Programme. Maximum number of students accepted is 20. Please enroll via the department’s online system.
Saija Hollmén, architect, D.Sc. (Arch), Professor of Practice in Humanitarian Architecture
Maiju Suomi, architect, University Teacher
Taru Niskanen, architect, M.Sc. (Arch & Chemistry)
For more information, please contact: Maiju Suomi, email@example.com or Saija Hollmén, firstname.lastname@example.org
14.1. 1st meeting:
Getting to know each other
Introductory lecture by prof. Saija Hollmen
Course schedule and practicalities
Assignment for thematic studies on Sámi culture
Students and teachers present themselves pecha kucha style
Student groups meet and get organized
21.1. 2nd meeting:
Sámi Culture and history by prof. Veli-Pekka Lehtola
Sámi Building Tradition by architect Marko Huttunen
Tutoring for the group presentations (groups 1-3)
28.1. 3rd meeting:
Sámi Landscape by Leena Valkeapää
Recourse map and teamwork first-aid-kit
4.2. 4th meeting:
Student presentations on the following themes:
Group 1: Sámi culture represented in the arts in the past
Group 2: Sámi culture represented in the contemporary arts today
Group 4: Handicrafts in Sámi culture
Assignment for studio project proposals and gathering background information for them
11.2. 5th meeting:
Themes of colonization, ownership and appropriation / Collection of Sámi artifacts being restored to Siida Museum’s collection from the National Museum by Eeva Kristiina Harlin & Áile Aikio
Tutoring for the group presentations (groups 4+5)
Tutoring for studio project proposals (groups 6+7)
18.2. 6th meeting:
Themes of colonization, ownership and appropriation by prof. Panu Savolainen and prof. Anu Soikkeli
Tutoring for the group presentations (groups 6+7)
Tutoring for studio project proposals (groups 4+5)
25.2. 7th meeting
Tutoring for studio project proposals (groups 1-3)
4.3. 8th meeting
Student presentations on the course themes:
Group 4: Sámi Culture and history
Group 5: Sámi Building Tradition
Group 6: Sámi Landscape
Group 7: Themes of colonization, ownership and appropriation
5.3. extra meeting at 12-14
Questions and answers with Eija Ojanlatva from Siida museum
11.3. 9th meeting: Student presentations on studio project proposals and analysis of background information
18.3. 10th meeting: Riitta Lönnström, planning director from the Regional Council of Lapland Q&A & Tutoring
25.3. 11th meeting: well-being check and Teamwork reflection & Tutoring
1.4. break from tutoring / return deadline for reflection essays
8.4. 12th meeting: Lecture by the designers of Sajos & Tutoring
15.4. 13th meeting: mid-review
22.4. 14th meeting: Tutoring with visiting teachers architect Marko Huttunen, landscape architect Matleena Muhonen and Jari Ketola, engineer (heating, water and ventilation) + late return deadline for essays
29.4. 15th meeting: resourse map and teamwork feedback
6.5. 16th meeting: Tutoring and essay feedback
Final Material for publication and possible exhibition
20.5. 17th meeting: final review of studio projects
27.5. 18th meeting: all material finished
Publication ready by the end of May
Self evaluation Questionnaire