The Freespace of Libraries
Antti Nousjoki (ALA Architects), Päivi Meuronen (interior designer, JKMM Architect), Jonas Malmberg (architect, Alvar Aalto Foundation), Tuula Haavisto (Director of Cultural Services and former Head of Library Services, City of Helsinki)
Introduced by Riitta Kaivosoja
Moderated by Hanna Harris (commissioner of the Finnish pavilion, director Archinfo Finland) with Anni Vartola (architecture critic and architectural theorist)
Opening words: Director General: Riitta Kaivosoja, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland.
Finland’s representation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia explores the development of Finnish library architecture and looks towards libraries of the future, conceiving libraries as key buildings reminding us of the values of civic society. The Freespace of Libraries seminar will explore the exhibition’s themes, leading up to the opening of Helsinki Central Library Oodi (ALA Architects) in December 2018.