Seminar and the Official Presentation of the Competition Brief
Housing Solutions for Asylum Seekers

Time: Monday 
Place: Museum of Finnish Architecture, Kasarmikatu 24, 00130 Helsinki
Free of charge / reserve your seat:
How can Finland embrace the opportunities offered by the recent refugee influx and build a more egalitarian society of shared wellbeing and prosperity?
Finland needs workable proposals for temporary housing solutions to support asylum-seekers’ long-term prospects for good quality of life.
The Museum of Finnish Architecture, in collaboration with the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA, is organizing an open, anonymous architectural competition for the design of solutions to the housing needs of refugees in northern Europe.
The submissions will form the basis of an exhibition to be hosted in the Finnish Pavilion at the forthcoming Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016.
The recent massive increase in the number of refugees arriving in our country has exacerbated many existing challenges in Finnish society, demanding that we come up with wholly new solutions. This presents a prime opportunity to design a better tomorrow. We need both a systematic plan and creative vision. The solutions we need must be tangible and realizable, yet visionary.
The Museum of Finnish Architecture is organizing a seminar to provide a background to the FROM BORDER TO HOME architectural competition. The seminar will look at various issues related to the temporary housing of refugees, while also sharing broader perspectives on the problem of homelessness in Finland. The seminar will be in Finnish, but the competition brief will be available in both Finnish and English. Competition entries may be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English.
SEMINAR PROGRAMME (the seminar will be in Finnish)
8:30 am Coffee
Served by Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo and SIS. Deli+Café
8:45 am Welcome
Juulia Kauste Director, Museum of Finnish Architecture
8:50 am A FROM BORDER TO HOME – Perspectives
Karin Creutz
How are asylum-seekers portrayed in the media? How has public discourse on this topic changed over the past few months?
Researcher, The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), University of Helsinki
Sirkku Päivärinne
What kind of solutions could work in Finland? What are the realities that must be considered in the design of housing for asylum-seekers?
Director of Immigration at the Ministry of the Interior
Peter Fredriksson
Homelessness in the Helsinki metropolitan area – how can we tackle it?
Senior Adviser at Ministry of the Environment of Finland
Petri Kaukiainen
Reception centres as temporary homes?
Executive Director for Helsinki at the Finnish Red Cross
Tarja Rantala 
Project Manager at Ministry of Employment and the Economy
10:15 Yasser Almaamoun,
Diploma of Engineering
10:25 am Marco Steinberg 
Official presentation of the competition brief
Snowcone & Haystack

10:35 am In-depth discussion on the themes of the brief
What kind of solutions can architecture offer to solve the refugee housing crisis?
Also taking part in the discussion will be Inari Virkkala from the Uusi Kaupunki Collective. Virkkala’s award-winning thesis presented to Helsinki Social Services in 2012 examined the problem of refugee housing and the design of reception centres within the context of environmental psychology.
Open question time