Alvar Aalto Symposium

The Alvar Aalto Symposiums are international symposiums on architecture held every three years in Jyväskylä with the intention of arousing discussion about the artistic, social and technical problems of modern architecture. The language of the symposiums is English.

Alvar Aalto frequently gave lectures at the Jyväskylä Summer Festival and in 1977, a special Alvar Aalto event was held, which involved a number of lectures and visits to various buildings designed by Alvar Aalto in and around Jyväskylä. The same year, the decision was made to hold the first symposium in 1979. The Alvar Aalto Museum and the Jyväskylä Summer Festival acted as the principal local organizers. Representatives of SAFA (the Finnish Association of Architects), the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Alvar Aalto Foundation were invited to join the organizing committee.

Nowadays, the principal local organizer of the symposiums is the Alvar Aalto Academy.

So far, the symposiums have been organized eleven times and their themes have included the relationship between modern architecture and tradition, popular culture and cultural values, and taking the limitations of natural resources into account in the architecture of today.

Earlier Symposiums

2012
12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
CRAFTED - the Ingredients of Architecture

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edge – paracentric architecture
2009
11th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Edge

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LESS AND MORE
2006
10th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Less And More

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Permanance & Chance in Architecture - Elephant and Butterfly
2003
9th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Permanance & Chance in Architecture - Elephant and Butterfly

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Architecture in the Year Zero
2000
8th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Architecture in the Year Zero

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1997
7th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Matter and Mind in Architecture

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Architecture in the Year Zero
1994
6th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Architecture of the Essential

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1991
5th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Functionalism - Utopia or the Way Forward

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1988
4th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Architecture and Cultural Values

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1985
3rd International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Modernity and Popular Culture

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1982
2nd International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Classical Tradition and the Modern Movement

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1979
1st International Alvar Aalto Symposium
Alvar Aalto vs. the Modern Movement

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Enquiries:
Esa Laaksonen
esa.laaksonen (at) alvaraalto.fi