Keynote Speaker Anssi Lassila

Founder, Director of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture, Professor of Contemporary Architecture

Anssi Lassila (b. 1973 Soini, Finland) is the founder and director of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture and Professor of Contemporary Architecture (POP) at the Oulu School of Architecture. Topic of his presentation will be The Vision and Toolbox for the Future Seinäjoki City Center provides a Framework for developing the City as a Socially Sustainable, active and green city with a human scale.

Lassila’s architecture combines a sculptural form with traditional materials and innovative techniques. Placing the human being at the center, his work is characterized by a strong interest in developing comprehensive sustainable solutions.

OOPEAA works on a wide range of projects from churches and public buildings to housing and urban visions. There is an active focus on research and development with emphasis on solutions that support social and ecological sustainability.

For OOPEAA the notion of the peripheral is an important starting point for creating architecture. It emphasizes the fact that what one sees as the center or as the periphery is always relative to one’s own position, and that there is always a distance between the two. We understand the notion of periphery to mean a space of possibility on the borderline between two different worlds. It is about a perspective and about an approach. It implies a sense of looking at things from an outside position while embracing the knowledge and understanding offered by an insider.

3rd International Healthy Kids of Seinäjoki Conference is held on 31st March – 2nd April in the City of Seinäjoki, Finland. More information