Architecture workshop Helsinki

Future of wood architecture

HEAL Lab’s first workshop offered talks on sustainable wood architecture and technology as well as some serious Alvar Aalto love


HEAL Lab’s first-ever architecture workshop held in Helsinki in October 2018 offered an extensive look on the state of sustainable wood architecture as well as good talks on how modern technology can help solve the current issues around healthy and affordable living. The idea behind the workshop day was to learn more about the 12 architects from 7 different countries and the pain-points of their work.


The morning of the workshop started with two introductions on the day’s topic. Willem van Bolderen of Studio Puisto Arkkitehdit spoke about his company’s experiences designing with wood, highlighting some of the assets and challenges. He also spoke about some of the methods Aalto University uses to teach architects about designing with wood.

Maria Linkoaho-Nordling from the University of Helsinki‘s MegaSense project spoke about the importance of using new cellular 5G technology to make better, more accurate sensors for tracking massive amounts of real-time data on air quality in mega cities.

In the afternoon the participants got a first-hand experience on demo versions of HEAL Lab’s digital tools as well as gave valuable feedback on how to develop them further. The workshops were built based on the concept of the user-centric design and based on this feedback from the architects we’ll now decide how to further develop HEAL Lab’s various digital tools.

But no architect can visit Helsinki without some serious Alvar Aalto action. During the workshop day the participants had a guided tour around Stora Enso’s headquarters designed by the master himself, and on the following morning there was an excursion to visit Aalto’s home and studio in the Munkkiniemi suburb of Helsinki.



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