Architectural Democracy

March 27, 2024
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Helsinki built its 1st skyscraper but wants to be carbon free by 2035, Dubai imports all its sand from Australia to build its skyscrapers, the concrete for your house starts to decay after 30 years, and it has been a democracy, not a dictatorship, who has just built the biggest statue ever of a man, in India.

The kind of people we want to be is the kind of cities we should be designing for. So who decides about that and our future? Is this a science? For whom are we designing the city? Who owns my city? 

Join us in the Architectural Democracy podcast, where we will take a critical look at these matters so that you can re-discover your own city and be a real part of it.

Architectural Democracy is a monthly podcast hosted by Pedro Aibéo and Mark Linder with rotating guests, produced and airing at the Helsinki Open Waves, at Caisa, in Helsinki, Finland. 

The guest of this episode, Mona Margherita Schalin  is a Finnish architect. Schalin studied architecture at the University of Technology and graduated in 1987. Schalin specializes in the design of demanding renovation projects and the protection of the built cultural environment. Schalin’s most famous work is the renovation of Käärmetalo (Mäkelänkatu 86) in Käpylä, Helsinki, of which he is the main designer. The renovation of Käärmetalo received the Finlandia Award for Architecture in 2018 , and was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award of the European Union in 2022. 

Producers and hosts: Pedro Aibéo and Mark Linder
Guest: Mona Margherita Schalin
Sound recording and editing: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded and edited at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

**The views expressed in this audio piece and texts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of Helsinki Open Waves.  

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