Upcoming Exhibitions

October 1, 2012 - January 5, 2013

The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century

Finnish students have been top performers in recent international learning assessments, but what is the secret behind the success of the Finnish education system? The Best School in the World exhibition explores this question from an architectural perspective: in what types of environments does learning take place today, and what kinds of physical settings are the most conducive to successful learning?

The exhibition examines how contemporary school architecture addresses the varied needs of today's learners and multiform teaching methods. The school buildings featured in the exhibition are:

  • Strömberg School by Kari Järvinen and Merja Nieminen (Helsinki, 2001)
  • Viikki Teacher Training School by ARK-House Architects (Helsinki, 2004)
  • Hiidenkivi Comprehensive School by Häkli Architects (Helsinki, 2005)
  • Sakarinmäki School and Day Nursery by FLN Architects (Helsinki, 2006)
  • Comprehensive School in Joensuu by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects (Joensuu, 2007)
  • Enter Upper Secondary School and Vocational College by K2S Architects (Sipoo, 2007)
  •  Kirkkojärvi School by Verstas Architects (Espoo, 2010)

The exhibition is part of a 10-month long project, New Finnish Design City. The project by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and the Consulate General of Finland in New York looks into urban life and its design aspects. The theme is explored in various lectures, discusions, networking events, workshops, showcases, and exhibitions from February until November 2012. Visit the projects website to learn more: www.design-city.net.

The Best school in the World exhibition is produced and organized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The New York presentation and related events are part of the New Finnish Design CITY campaign, and produced by the Consulate General of Finland and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.


Opening Reception
Monday, October 1st, 2012, 6-8pm
Also opening, The Edgess School: Design for Learning.

Guided Exhibition Tours@theCenter
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6-7:30pm: The Edgeless School & The Best School
Friday, November 16, 2012, 12-1pm: The Edgeless School & Building Connections
Monday, January 7, 2013, 6-7:30pm: The Edgeless School & Building Connections

Building Great Schools: Finland to New York
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6-8pm

Spaces for Learning
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6pm
Steelcase, 4 Columbus Circle

Nurturing Minds: Educational Design Policies, Finland/New York
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6-8pm

CAt: A Japanese Lesson for Progressive School Design
Monday, October 29, 2012, 6-8pm
Organized by the AIANY Architecture for Education Committee. With support from Okomura Corporation, Japan; TOTO USA; The Japan Foundation Center For Global Partnership.

Making a School: Principals and Architects in Conversation
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 6-8pm
With support from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

FamilyDay@theCenter: Design a School of the Future
Saturday, November, 3, 2012, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm

Outside the Classroom: Design for Experiential Learning
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6-8pm

The School Building as Community Center: Policies, Paradigms, and Challenges
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6-8pm

Learning Environments for Special Needs: Places that Comfort and Challenge
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 6-8pm

Adapting Historic Schools for 21st Century Learning
Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6-8pm

The Edgeless School: Designing for Learning in the Digital Age Symposium
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11am-5pm

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Enter Upper Secondary School and Cocational College, Sipoo, Finland 2007 by K2S Architects

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