Finland is to launch an international competition to design low-rise, high-density timber housing in Helsinki. The competition, for between 50,000 and 70,000m 2of housing on a 15ha site, will be launched formally at the end of the year.
It is organised by the Wood in Culture Association, sponsor of the Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award, which recognises the achievements of the best architects working in timber. This award was presented to Japanese architect Kengo Kuma at a ceremony at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti on Saturday. Visit www. spiritofnature. net for details.