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OUR GOAL

Vokal is an architectural practice founded by architects Ella Kaira and Matti Jänkälä. We are located in Helsinki, Finland.

Our approach to architecture and urban design is community-based and research-driven. We employ a blend of architectural design methods and research in order to explore the dynamics between architecture, social movements, and property markets within the contemporary city. 

At Vokal, we believe in the importance of communication. When engaging with communities, a need for a common language becomes evident.

Storytelling methods can foster an understanding of our built environment and reveal the underlying forces driving urban development.

 

A wealth of knowledge exists regarding people's needs and desires in cities. Our aim is to bring forth this information in the urban planning process. 

Our approach is based on a deep understanding of place and local communities. Cities are most effectively conceived when involving the people who inhabit and utilize them. Being vocal helps to create urban environments that are beneficial, accessible and welcoming to a diverse populace.

IT'S TIME TO BE VOKAL.

MATTI JÄNKÄLÄ

Workshops are valuable platforms where we employ architectural tools like scale models, drawings, and maps to effectively uncover the needs and desires of local communities in their immediate surroundings. Our focus is to ensure that this information is seamlessly translated into tangible architectural and urban plans.

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ELLA KAIRA

We believe in engaging the public in discussions about pressing issues related to architecture and urban development. Valuable insights can be gleaned from residents, city dwellers, and anyone who interacts with the physical environment within our cities.

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