Finnish modern architecture is regarded as an exemplary case at international level. 
It boasts robust roots in functionalism and organic modernism summarized in the leading figure of the architect of Alvar Aalto. Simple and pragmatic, the school developed following the role model of the "Country’s natural landscape". The scholar Roger Connah claims that the indulgence of the official media on the myth of “Finnishness”, generated a whole new narrative about the «pure, honest, direct» architecture which was supposed to reflect the typical traits of Finnish culture. However, the general acceptance of the Finnish myth in the public discourse does not necessarily match with the perception citizens have of the actual architectural style, neither the lifestyle they are allowed to, by the built environment.
«Finnish neighbourhoods: study on negligible architecture» aims to challenge the preconceived notions of neighbourhoods by accepting their aesthetical inadequacy and welcoming their constitutive diversity.
The contribution of institutionalized photography is to bridge the gap between the deviant and the standard outcomes of urban planning that build up a propaganda for citizen’s lifestyle. The project explicitly deals with the notions of identity and diversity in urbanism. The visual diversity of the neighbourhoods expresses a variance threatened by the urge for inclusiveness. By portraying so, my aim is to give voice to the undeclared presence of peripheral districts and their decadent spirit. ​​​​​​​
(2019)
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