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Mika Savela and Henrik Drufva

Selim Projects

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Satamakatu 5, Helsinki, Finland
Selim is a Helsinki-based contemporary platform for editorial / curatorial / cultural / visual / spatial projects founded by architects Mika Savela and Henrik Drufva. We aim to instigate projects with alternating cultural approaches with our publications, exhibitions, designs and items, often set outside their traditional viewing. We think about collecting, otherness, mondialité as well as the beat of urbanity, the avant-garde and criticality.

Massive Architecture


Massive Architecture


A mass culture of architectural reading and validation will prevail over designed environments as global symbols of progress.

Buildings and their parts have been traditionally read as a metalanguage of architecture. However, currently the "seeing" of architecture is taking over with the expansion of creative images. Massive quantities of media are interpreted as relevant and pleasing "design". The past, heroic, singular answers (projects) are turning increasingly obsolete, as the global interest in the house/city/car of the future is matched with cultural practices that are able to portray a wider range of aesthetics, opportunities and conditions that are also viewed as architectural matter by an ever greater public. The resulting imagery is also expanding temporally, as archives and past works have become increasingly available. These developments are contributing into the emergence of a "Massive Architecture" – an all-encompassing state of the discipline which can be seen both as a welcome and inclusive development, as well as detrimental to value of design as expertise.


"Representation" as new architecture.

"Distance" as new architecture.

"Tropical" as new architecture.

"Nothing" as new architecture.

"Archive" as new architecture.

Massive Architecture


Massive Architecture


A mass culture of architectural reading and validation will prevail over designed environments as global symbols of progress.

Buildings and their parts have been traditionally read as a metalanguage of architecture. However, currently the "seeing" of architecture is taking over with the expansion of creative images. Massive quantities of media are interpreted as relevant and pleasing "design". The past, heroic, singular answers (projects) are turning increasingly obsolete, as the global interest in the house/city/car of the future is matched with cultural practices that are able to portray a wider range of aesthetics, opportunities and conditions that are also viewed as architectural matter by an ever greater public. The resulting imagery is also expanding temporally, as archives and past works have become increasingly available. These developments are contributing into the emergence of a "Massive Architecture" – an all-encompassing state of the discipline which can be seen both as a welcome and inclusive development, as well as detrimental to value of design as expertise.


"Representation" as new architecture.

"Distance" as new architecture.

"Tropical" as new architecture.

"Nothing" as new architecture.

"Archive" as new architecture.


Idea by

Mika Savela and Henrik Drufva
Selim Projects
Satamakatu 5
Helsinki
Finland
Selim is a Helsinki-based contemporary platform for editorial / curatorial / cultural / visual / spatial projects founded by architects Mika Savela and Henrik Drufva. We aim to instigate projects with alternating cultural approaches with our publications, exhibitions, designs and items, often set outside their traditional viewing. We think about collecting, otherness, mondialité as well as the beat of urbanity, the avant-garde and criticality.