Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar 2017

The 3rd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar – Why Aalto? is an international, academic seminar focusing on the research of architect Alvar Aalto. The seminar is to be held in Jyväskylä, Finland, 9–10 June 2017.

An additional program, Säynätsalo Town Hall Workshop – Modern Masterpiece in Contemporary Society, will be held in Säynätsalo, 7–8 June 2017.

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3rd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar - Why Aalto?, Jyväskylä 9-10 June 2017

3rd Alvar Aalto Researchers Network Seminar - Why Aalto?, Jyvaskyla 9-10 June 2017

3RD ALVAR AALTO RESEARCHERS NETWORK SEMINAR – WHY AALTO?, JYVÄSKYLÄ 9-10 JUNE 2017
The 3rd Researchers Network Seminar – Why Aalto? is an international, academic seminar focusing on the research of architect Alvar Aalto. The seminar is arranged by the Alvar Aalto Academy in collaboration with the City of Jyväskylä. The seminar programme includes keynote speeches and presentations based on selected papers.

Alvar Aalto Academy invites researchers and practitioners to come to a research seminar and explore the question: Why Aalto? The question provokes to ponder Aalto´s meaning for today´s architecture from a variety of perspectives. What are the special challenges of preservation, conservation, renovation or transformation of buildings or sites designed by Aalto? How to adapt to the challenges of reuse, accessibility or new technical installations? Are there new conceptions to Aalto´s set of values or theoretical thinking? What can we learn from specific topics of Aalto´s design in today´s context, such as relationship to sustainability and nature or meaning of history and local traditions?

PROGRAMME

FRIDAY 9 June 2017

09:00-11:00 Architecture excursions:
Muuratsalo Experimental House and the Campus area of the University of Jyväskylä
   
12:30-15:00 OPENING OF THE SEMINAR, SESSION 1
Chair, Professor Markku Hedman
13:00-14:00 Invited lecturer, Architect David Fixler
Renewing Aalto’s Prophetic Statement – the Renovation of Baker House at MIT
14:00-14:30 Chiu Chen-Yu
Aalto through young Utzon’s eyes:
The role of Alvar Aalto in developing the maturity of
Jørn Utzon’s work
14:30-15:00 Ari Hynynen
From Alvar Aalto to Network City – Reflections from the 1940s Kokemäenjoki regional plan
   
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
   
15:30-17:10 HERITAGE - SESSION 2
Moderator, Professor Olli-Paavo Koponen
15:30-15:50 Mihoko Ando
Aalto’s Reprise and Continuity: A study of the design process for three churches in the 1950s
15:50-16:10 Laura Berger
ARTEK – Furnishing a nation
16:10-16:30 Roula El Khouru Fayad
[Aalto in Beirut] Contribution, Collaboration and Continuity: The Case of Sabbag Center
16:30-16:50 Gareth Griffiths
Alvar Aalto and the design for the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel –
A footnote in Aalto scholarship
16:50-17:10 Francesca Piccolo
Identification and conservation in Alvar Aalto’s industrial sites: The case of Toppila Pulp Mill
19:00-20:00 Evening programme at Alvar Aalto Museum

SATURDAY 10 June 2017

15:30-17:10 PROSPECTS - SESSION 3
Moderator, Professor Anna-Maija Ylimaula
09:00-09:30 Sofia Singler and Nicholas Ray
Why Aalto? The sceptic builds for religion
09:30-10:00 Eva Eylers
Alvar Aalto and the problem of architectural research
   
10:00-10:30   Coffee break
   
10:30-10:50 Jonathan Boelkins
Designation – Lessons in Digital Construction from Villa Mairea
10:50-11:10 Holger Hoffmann
Alvar Aalto’s associative geometries
11:10-11:30 Gianni Talamini
Against Aalto: How the Finnish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale had to change into
a black box for contemporary video art and how it became a symbol for artists to defeat
   
11:30-13:00   Lunch break
   
13:00-14:20 ATMOSPHERE - SESSION 3
Moderator, Professor Ari Hynynen
13:00-13:20 Eymen Homsi
The textured surfaces of Muuratsalo
13:20-13:40 Szymon Ruszczewski
Mediterranean piazza – Public space in Aalto’s designs
13:40-14:00 Kristopher Steele
The Power of Light In Darkness
14:00-14:20 John Roberts
Aalto Landscape Ruins Chora
   
15:00-16:00   Coffee break and Säynätsalo Town Hall Workshop presentation
16:00-17:00   Public lecture – Invited lecturer, Architect Jenni Reuter

The organizers reserve the right to alter the programmes.

REGISTRATION FEES

REGISTER HERE
EARLY BIRD
until 30 April 2017  
FULL PRICE
1 May–9 June 2017
Full registration €180 €220
One day €100 €120
Student (undergraduate)   €50 €50

    The seminar fee includes:
  • Participation in the seminar event and coffee breaks on 9-10 June 2017 in Jyväskylä Workers' Club
  • Participation in the Alvar Aalto architecture excursion in Jyväskylä on 9 June 2017
  • Evening program and buffet dinner on 9 June 2017 in the Alvar Aalto Museum

NOTE! Registration to the architecture excursions on 9 June 2017 must be done latest by 31 May 2017 by sending an e-mail to academy@alvaraalto.fi. The tours start at 9:00 in front of the main building (C) of the University of Jyväskylä (address: Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä).

SPEAKERS


David N. Fixler, FAIA, LEED AP Jenni Reuter
David Fixler is an architect specializing in heritage conservation and adaptive re-use, with particular focus on modern properties.

Jenni Reuter is an Associate professor in Architectural Principles and Theory at Aalto University. She also works as a practicing architect both in her own office and together with Saija Hollmén and Helena Sandman.

SEMINAR VENUES

Jyväskylä Workers’ Club, Väinönkatu 7, FI-40100 Jyväskylä, Finland (Alvar Aalto 1924-25)

Alvar Aalto Museum, Alvar Aallon katu 7, FI-40600 Jyväskylä, Finland (Alvar Aalto 1973)

ACCOMMODATION

    We have made block bookings in the name of Alvar Aalto Academy. Please reserve your accommodation directly from the following hotels:
  • Verso Hotel
  • Hotel Milton
  • Hotel Alba

Säynätsalo Town Hall – Modern Masterpiece in Contemporary Society, Säynätsalo 7-8 June 2017

Saynatsalo Town Hall – Modern Masterpiece in Contemporary Society workshop 2017

Alvar Aalto Academy invites researchers and practitioners involved in the process of preservation, conservation, renovation or transformation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods, to participate the Säynätsalo Town Hall Workshop – Modern Masterpiece in Contemporary Society, in Säynätsalo, Finland, 7–8 June 2017.

The theme of the workshop is this modern masterpiece of Alvar Aalto in our contemporary society. The aim of the workshop is to provide new multi-discipline information and understanding of the values and prerequisites for the use of the Säynätsalo Town Hall. The use of the building is currently in a state of flux, since the municipality of Säynätsalo merged with the City of Jyväskylä in 1993, which put an end to its original functions as a town hall. A maximum of 30 participants will be selected in the order of registration.

Registration for the events is open now!

» More information about the Säynätsalo Town Hall workshop

WORKSHOP METHODOLOGY

The working method of the workshop is framed around the process of preparing a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the site. A CMP of Paimio Sanatorium prepared on 2015 by Alvar Aalto Foundation, will be used as an example project (see: www.alvaraalto.fi/paimio).

The workshop will consist of four themes: Public, Housing, Commercial and Environment. Under these main themes, the workshop will contribute to the process of identification of the values, and architectural and technical principles, as well as the questions concerning the preservation and conservation, relationship between the building and the landscape, and the problems encountered with the adaptive use of the site. The themes will be studied in four working groups, so that each participant of the workshop attends only one themed working group. The division into the groups will be done in the opening session of the workshop event. Each working group has a moderator and a representative of the owner, the City of Jyväskylä.

PUBLIC  Moderator: Architect, Alvar Aalto Foundation, Jonas Malmberg
 Themes: Public space, future library, restaurant services, courtyard
HOUSING  Moderator: Professor, Director of the Alvar Aalto Academy, Markku Hedman
 Themes: Rental, residency, hotel, Airbnb
COMMERCIAL  Moderator: Architect, Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, Tommi Lindh
 Themes: Rental, residency, hotel, Airbnb
ENVIRONMENT  Moderator: Professor, Olli-Paavo Koponen
 Themes: Regional/urban structure, new/extension construction in the area,
 property management and maintenance

All four themes will be surveyed from three different perspectives related to the basic structure of a CMP: Premise, Policy and Strategy. A fourth additional perspective: Future, will be left to be implemented and monitored for the owner, the users and other stakeholders of the site.

PREMISE  What do we have? Reviewing and compiling of the resources and objectives.
POLICY  What do we want? Defining of the policy, principles and the prerequisites.
STRATEGY  How do we realize the objectives?
 Setting the processes of the strategy and the implementation.

PROGRAMME

Wed 7 June 2017
13:00-13:30 Opening of the workshop and presentation of the participants
Professor, Director of the Alvar Aalto Academy Markku Hedman
13:30-14:00 Presentation of the workshop
Architect, Alvar Aalto Foundation Jonas Malmberg
14:00-15:00 Coffee break and a guided tour of the Säynätsalo Town Hall
15:00-17:30 Session 1 PREMISE, presentation
Architect, Alvar Aalto Foundation Jonas Malmberg
17:30-18:00 Invited lecturer, Architect David Fixler

Thu 8 June 2017
09:00-12:00 Session 2 POLICY, presentation, Professor Olli-Paavo Koponen
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Session 3 STRATEGY, presentation
Architect, Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation Tommi Lindh
15:00-17:00 Closing of the workshop, presentation and comments
Professor, Director of the Alvar Aalto Academy Markku Hedman

The organizers reserve the right to alter the programmes.

REGISTRATION FEE   €120     REGISTER HERE

    The registration fee includes:
  • Participation in the workshop event and coffee breaks on 7-8 June 2017 at the Säynätsalo Town Hall
  • Lunch on 8 June 2017 at the Säynätsalo Town Hall

WORKSHOP VENUE

Säynätsalo Town Hall, Parviaisentie 9, FI-40900 Säynätsalo, Finland

ACCOMMODATION

For reservations, please contact directly harri.taskinen@hotmail.com, +358 40 1971 091. Deadline of the block bookings is 6 May 2017.

Also available in Säynätsalo, the following Säynätsalo Apartment. Reservations through the Booking.com link.

ALVAR AALTO ARCHITECTURE EXCURSION, JYVÄSKYLÄ-HELSINKI 11 June 2017

The seminar will be followed by a voluntary excursion, not included on the seminar registration fee. The excursion is a tour of the architecture of Alvar Aalto in Muurame, Lahti and Helsinki. The excursion will take place if there is a minimum of 7 participants by 30 April. A maximum of 40 participants can attend, and places will be sold in order of registration.

REGISTRATION FEE   €160     REGISTER HERE

    The registration fee includes:
  • Transportation from Jyväskylä (9:00) – Helsinki (18:00) on 11 June 2017
  • Lunch on the way
  • Buffet dinner at the Studio Aalto in Helsinki

The organisers reserve the right to alter the programmes

Organizing and academic committee

Markku Hedman, Director, Alvar Aalto Academy
Ari Hynynen, Professor, Tampere University of Technology and City of Seinäjoki
Olli-Paavo Koponen, Professor, Tampere University of Technology
Tommi Lindh, Director, Alvar Aalto Foundation
Aino Niskanen, Professor, Aalto University

Further information and enquiries:

Nina Heikkonen
Alvar Aalto Academy
+358 44 500 1257
nina.heikkonen (at) alvaraalto.fi

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