Helsinki Partners / Visit Finland (c) Mariia Kauppi
In May 1995 an exhibition called Animal Architecture opened at the Museum of Finnish Architecture.
<p>In May 1995 an exhibition called Animal Architecture opened at the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The exhibition was designed by Professor Juhani Pallasmaa, together with a work team of zoologists, and it was regarded worldwide as a unique collaboration. </p>
<p>The exhibition comprised a versatile presentation of the building skills of almost all classes of animal. The exhibition experience itself was also unique: the entire floor of the museum’s main hall was covered with soft sand and the lighting corresponded to twilight, while the space was filled with the sounds of different animals. </p>
<p>The questions raised by the exhibition about the coexistence of man and other species are still painfully topical today: most animals are unable to adapt to the almost ubiquitous human modification of the environment. The ever-diminishing living space of animals leads to an imbalance in nature. The irreversible destruction of animal habitats is one of the reasons for the acceleration of the extinction of species. </p>
<p>Almost three decades later, it is a good time to ask the exhibition’s designer, Juhani Pallasmaa, what he now thinks about animal architecture. Alonzo Heino, a doctoral researcher in aesthetics at the University of Helsinki, who is familiar with the relationship between human skills, art, technology and nature, will discuss these themes with Pallasmaa. </p>
<p>Museum of Finnish Architecture, Studio</p>
<p>Tue, Thu-Sun 11.00-18.00</p>