Tag Archives: Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto Medal judge Toshiko Mori talks about the legacy of modernism – Winner of the 13th medal will be announced on Sept. 12, 2017

Toshiko Mori giving a lecture at the House of Culture in February 2017. photo: Juho Haavisto / MFA

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Alvar Aalto Medal. Professor Toshiko Mori visited Finland last February for jury deliberations and gave a lecture in Helsinki House of Culture. The Finnish maestro’s work has made a mark on the New York-based architect. “In 1976, just having graduated from Cooper Union School of Architecture, I was so saddened to hear …

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Two summer exhibitions in memory of Göran Schildt

The Schildts' home in Greece, Villa Kolkis. photo: Magnus Lindberg

The 100th anniversary of author Göran Schildt‘s (1917–2009) birth is celebrated this year in the beautiful coastal town of Tammisaari*. Next to the seaside park there is Villa Skeppet designed by Alvar Aalto for the Schildts as well as an old yellow wooden house known as Villa Schildt. This summer, Villa Schildt is hosting two small exhibitions, one of which …

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The new life of a modern masterpiece – what next for Säynätsalo Town Hall?

Participants of the Säynätsalo workshop. photo: Mirkka Vidgrén / Alvar Aalto Foundation

”To have a life, this building has to work for the community, not be a museum”, concluded architect David Fixler at the closing discussion of the Säynätsalo Town Hall workshop. The highly esteemed architect specialising in heritage conservation and adaptive re-use was invited to give a lecture and comment on the workshop focusing on the future and possibilities of Alvar …

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Workshop for discussing the future of Alvar Aalto’s masterpiece, Säynätsalo Town Hall, 7–8 June 2017

Säynätsalon kunnantalo (Alvar Aalto 1949-52). Valokuva Heikki Havas, Alvar Aalto -museo_low

SÄYNÄTSALO TOWN HALL WORKSHOP – MODERN MASTERPIECE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY 7–8 JUNE 2017, Säynätsalo, Finland Alvar Aalto Academy invites researchers and practitioners involved in the process of preservation, conservation, renovation or transformation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods, to participate in the Säynätsalo Town Hall Workshop – Modern Masterpiece in Contemporary Society. The event is arranged by the Alvar Aalto Academy …

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The Finnish Architectural Review 1/2017: Modernism, time, patina

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The latest issue of Arkkitehti – the Finnish Architectural Review discusses the principles and practices of the renovation of modernism. The vast majority of Finland’s building stock is modernist architecture built since the country became independent in 1917. These buildings will in the coming years increasingly be restored, repaired, altered, expanded and even demolished. Arkkitehti begins the centenary anniversary of …

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Words of Wisdom: National – International by Alvar Aalto (1967)

Alvar Aalto studies the model of Zürich Altstetten parish centre in 1967.

The curator of the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Alejandro Aravena, has called for architects to address architecture’s social power. In response to this mission, many of the exhibitions at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale are presenting themes, projects and strategies that have both great national significance and potentially global impact. Alvar Aalto (1898–1972) wrote a commentary titled “National – International” for a special …

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Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Finnish pavilion in Venice

Building the Finnish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 1956. © Museum of Finnish Architecture.

This summer marks not only the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice but the 60th anniversary of the Finnish pavilion. The pavilion was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1955–56 with the intention that it could be dismantled and stored away in-between the biennales. Because of some mishaps during the construction of the prefabricated wooden wall and roof units, this idea never realised. By courtesy of …

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Aalto loved Italy and Italians love Aalto

Alvar Aalto's sketch for the Riola church and parish centre. Bologna, Riola di Vergato, Piazza Alvar Aalto. 1966–69, 1975–80, 1984–85. © Alvar Aalto Museum.

Once again Italy pays tribute to the famous Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto. In 1964, the Milan Polytechnic awarded him an Honorary Degree in occasion of its centenary. This year, it organized an international seminar entitled “Alvar Aalto e l’Italia”, Alvar Aalto and Italy. The 2-day conference was held on 13–14 January, 2016 in the Rogers lecture hall of …

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