Tag Archives: Alvar Aalto

The Finnish Architecture Navigator launched

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Architecture Information Centre Finland (Arkkitehtuurin tiedotuskeskus) opens a new information and location service Finnish Architecture Navigator to mark the Architecture Day 2015 on Alvar Aalto’s birthday 3rd February. The site navi.finnisharchitecture.fi contains photographs, drawings, location information and key facts about selected projects designed by Finnish architects around the world. The pilot version launches with the Finnish Architecture Biennial Review 2014 …

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Alvar Aalto Researchers’ Network meet at Rovaniemi 16–18 Feb 2015

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The Alvar Aalto Researchers Network meets up between 16–18 February, 2015 in Rovaniemi, Finland. The event titled Aalto beyond Finland: Architecture and Design is second in the network’s history and will discuss up-to-date research on Aalto’s influence abroad and his international legacy. Keynote speakers include esteemed scholars such as Demetri Porphyrios, Rasmus Wærn and Peter Blundell Jones. The programme for the event has now been announced. Please consult the Alvar …

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Significant international recognition for the restoration of Viipuri Library: Close-Up Eric Adlercreutz

Viipurin Alvar Aalto -kirjasto 2014. Kuva: Alvar Aalto -museo / Maija Holma. Alvar Aalto Library in Vyborg. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum / Maija Holma.

The World Monuments Fund has given significant recognition to the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library and the Central City Alvar Aalto Library for the renovation of the library. In their statement explaining the basis for awarding the 2014 World Monuments/Knoll Modernism Prize, the parties involved in the restoration are praised for their long-term tenacious work in saving …

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Unmediated Alvar Aalto at Vitra Design Museum

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Vitra Design Museum, in collaboration with the Alvar Aalto Museum, hosts a major retrospective exhibition dedicated to the legendary Finnish architect Alvar Aalto until 1st March 2015. Arianna Callocchia from Italy writes about the Alvar Aalto – Second Nature exhibition and discusses its contents and objectives. Arianna Callocchia: Why did you decide to host an exhibition on the architect in a design museum? Mateo …

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Paimio Sanatorium receives a significant Getty grant for conservation

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Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium (1933) is among the ten modern buildings selected to receive funding under the philantrophic grant initiative Keeping It Modern by The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles. According the Alvar Aalto Foundation press release, the architectural conservation grant of $180,000 will be used for a comprehensive conservation management plan – the first of this magnitude in Finland. In addition to …

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Alvar Aalto goes virtual

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Google and Alvar Aalto Foundation have launched the first results of their partnership and opened two groundbreaking resources to serve the global community interested in Alvar Aalto, the Grand Master of Finnish architecture. The collaboration derives on mutual interests: one of Google’s Data Center is located in Hamina, Finland in the former cellulose factory designed by Aalto in 1951–53. The company sees the current collaboration as an initiative to …

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Call for Papers: Aalto beyond Finland

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The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design Rovaniemi, Finland 16-18 February 2015 Call for Papers The 2nd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar, Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design, aims to create a network of researchers interested in the work of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The meeting in Rovaniemi, in February 2015, will be an …

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Alvar Aalto by Maija Holma in present-day Tehran

Exhibition opening, Maija Holma: Alvar Aalto – A Gentler Structure for Life, Artists’ Forum, Tehran.

The photographic exhibition Alvar Aalto – A Gentler Structure for Life by photographer Maija Holma was the first exhibition of Finnish architecture ever to be held in Iran. Maija Holma talks about the contents of the exhibition, which was favourably received by the Tehran public, as well as her experiences in the encounter between Finnish and Iranian culture.  Photographic exhibition: Alvar Aalto – …

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Lecture series on Aalto at Aalto

Alvar Aalto. Vuoksenniska Church (1958). Photo: Archinfo / AV (2013).

In need of an update of one’s your knowledge about Alvar Aalto? Why not consider attending some academic lectures at the Aalto University, Department of Architecture? During the spring term 2014, the Chair of History of Architecture at the Aalto University, School of ARTS, offers a comprehensive series of lectures on Alvar Aalto’s architecture entitled Alvar Aalto –Relevance today. Venue: Lecture hall …

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Photo Poem: Kulttuuritalo by Marc Goodwin

Photo Poem: Kultturitalo by Marc Goodwin © Architecture Information Centre Finland 2014

Kulttuuritalo (The House of Culture, Helsinki) has a legendary status in the Helsinki scenery. For decades, its distinctive architecture designed by Alvar Aalto has stood guard of Sturenkatu, one of the the arterial road east of the city centre. Despite the strictly political origins of the building, it has managed to house a number of events that have affected all …

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