Hope from wood

Hope from Wood looks at wooden architecture from the perspective of the hope it inspires. The Exhibition displays time span from the early achievements of wood construction to the architecture of the future produced by artificial intelligence.

Akola Manor, Main building. Image: Teemu Kurkela

The exhibition brings together a large group of contributors addressing the exhibition theme in the form of, for instance, love letters, videos and music.

Today, as the climate crisis deepens, wood is being shouldered with the role of saviour, as the use of wood reduces the carbon footprint in building construction. However, only one material cannot solve all the challenges of the climate crisis. The exhibition highlights how architects and the entire construction industry can have a say in what kind of future we are heading for.

Hope from Wood has been produced by the Museum of Finnish Architecture and curated by cultural journalist Minna Joenniemi. The exhibition has been implemented with the support of the Ministry of the Environment’s Wood Building Programme.

Participants in the production of the exhibition:

Aalto University Wood Program students 2020–2021. Mikko Aaltonen. Tytti Arola. Antti Auvinen. Netta Böök. Gretel Hemgård. Reetta Karhunkorva ja Johanna Lehto-Vahtera, Finnish Forest Museum Lusto. Riikka Karjalainen,Re-thinking Urban Housing project. Tommi Kinnunen. Matti Johannes Koivu. Olavi Koponen. Olli-Paavo Koponen. Teemu Kurkela. Pia Kuurma and Pelastetaan vanhat talot! [Saving Old Houses] Facebook Group. Marko Lamberg, Human, Time, Landscape Project. Anssi Lassila. Lars-Erik Mattila. Anne Mustarastas ja Saara Salmi. Joar Nango. Petter Nissinen. Tuula Närhinen. Juhani Pallasmaa. Sofie Pelsmakers. Janne Pihlajaniemi and Architecture students at the University of Oulu. Classes 5A and 5B of the Pudasjärvi Log Campus. Muistot eivät pala [Memories do not burn] choir drama, Virpi Suutari. Renovation Centre Toivo. Wood for Good research group.

The original exhibition plan was made by architect Maiju Suomi and graphic designer Jussi Karjalainen. The exhibition was modified in the Lusto’s exhibition area by Timo Vikkula, museum technician of the Museum of Architecture.

The exhibition is open at the Finnish Forest Museum Lusto 28.4.2022–26.3.2023.