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Dearchitecture | 2019-2024

Research into Dearchitecture | Würzburg | Germany | 2019 - ongoing
Commisioned photoreportage of an old industrial building and its renewal process to new life at the Bürgerbräu Old Brewery. Interesting to develop further the ideas from Vitruvius and to redefine, what architecture could be in the future in Climate Emergency.

Anarchitecture | 2019-

Research into Anarchitecture | Würzburg | Germany | 2019 - ongoing
Little research project into how birds do anarchitecture - architecture without architects. So far the species of mini-parrots (agapornis personata) have deconstructed LEGOs, ripped magazines, passports, travel documents, books, and build spiralling nests in several cardboard boxes. At the moment the research is conducted in the kitchen, where the Fantastic Four (Aino, Elissa, Neo and Noki) have invaded 60% of the kitchen upper cupboards as their cozying playground. Slowly these clever & cheecky feathered friends are taking over the whole home-laboratory.

micro-midi-macro | 2019-2023

micro-midi-macro | Würzburg | Germany | 2019-2021
Research project into the creative spaces of architects in and around Würzburg. The results of the interviews and photo shoots will be published in a limited edition in 2021. Above photograph was taken at the Jäcklein Architekten in Volkach on 27 March 2019, and shows the loft in the main studio space with a grand view to the local vineyards.

Play, Creativity, Architecture 1:1 | 1999

Play, Creativity, Architecture 1:1 | Tampere University of Technology | Finland | 25.08.1999
Master in Science of Architecture at the Department of Architecture. This thesis is a sketch for a theory of meta-architecture and search for the Beginning of Architecture. Architecture is approached from the aspects of play and creativity by using both scientific and artistic methods. Thesis contains six written essays about play, creativity and architecture, as well as three built architectural objects. Together they manifest how architecture is born in play. As a combination of art and science, architecture is a cultural phenomenon. The Culture of Architecture contains the possibility for infinitive subcultures - many architectures. The complexity of architecture is the combination of imagination and reality, chaos and order. form follows fun

FLASH | 1991 | Study

FLASH | Tampere | Finland | 1991 | Juhani Karanka
Conceptual study for a new School of Architecture in the city centre of Tampere. The buildings are designed with slowly curving walls made out of red brick that interact with the urban context through its open spaces. The construction engineering teacher really loved the idea of making these walls curvy as they would support the bearing loads better. The walls are also monolithic: the over one-meter thick red brick massive walls are sustainable and last time better than many other materials. To top it all the corner of the site was designed as the tip of the iceberg; a sculptural entrance lobby totally made out of amber. As always, also this design concept was "a little bit too much" for the professors at the Architecture School. 

CRASH | 1990 | Study

CRASH | Tampere | Finland | 1990 | Juhani Karanka
Conceptual study of an exhibition pavilion at Keskustori Main Square in Tampere. The nose section is a VTOL aircraft for skytouring over the city, the main section is an all-glass exhibition pavilion transported to site by Sikorsky CH-54 heavy-lift transport helicopter, and the tail section is a multimedia 3D-cinema floating on air and moving around the square by using hovercraft technology. Also this design concept was "a little bit too much" for the professors at the Architecture School.

a-game | 1988-1989 | Study

a-game | Tampere | Finland | 1988-1989 | Juhani Karanka & Jukka Järvinen
Architectural game, a-game / a-peli, is an architectural game invented for Playing & De-Constructing Architecture. This is one of the few existing Polaroid photographs of the original a-game that received the Prize for Best Academic Work at the Tampere University of Technology in 1989.

TRASH | 1988-1989 | Study

TRASH | Tampere | Finland | 1988-1989 | Juhani Karanka
Conceptual study of a 2 meter wide gap and how it could be used for urban housing. Ground floor is an open public passage with stairs upstairs, first floor an upcycled submarine, second floor an old locomotive and third floor a vintage aeroplane. The whole composition is tipped off with a wooden sauna and a heliport. The inside courtyard behind the gap has a seven-story-high, star-shaped, tilted housing tower. Not bad for student living on the main street in City of Tampere - for 1 € / month.

Postmodern housing | 1985 | Study

POMO| Tampere | Finland | 1985 | Juhani Karanka
Flashback: Drawn with a pencil on classic Tervakoski sketching paper, this façade design for housing didn‘t impress the Professor for Housing at the University. Well, he was a good-old hardcore Modernist and really preferred to protect the honesty of architecture. No funny stuff, no curves or non-straight lines, no symmetry, no nothing, no, no, no,... Well, I think that the design is still unbeatable and reflects its time of creation.


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