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4th Alvar Aalto Researchers’ Network Seminar – (Ever)green Alvar Aalto is to be held virtually from Pori Art Museum Finland on this event platform on 6–7 May 2021. Check the programme and book your tickets HERE!

The theme will be approached from pragmatic, theoretical, metaphorical or cultural viewpoints, which are particularly relevant when we are talking about the future of buildings:
THEME 1: How can Alvar Aalto’s architecture and design be regarded as being sustainable?
THEME 2: How does Alvar Aalto’s architecture resonate in other architectural contexts?
THEME 3: How is sustainability addressed in restoration/reuse projects in buildings of the Aalto era?

Photo: Alvar Aalto Foundation




9:00           Registration / sign in to the virtual platform
9:45 10:00 Opening of the seminar


10:00 10:30 KEYNOTE: Antonello Alici: Humanism and harmony, Aalto´s resonances in Italy
10:30 10:50 Petra Čeferin: The architectural sustainability
10:50 11:10 Christin Nezik: On the way towards sustainability? Adaptations of vernacular architecture in Alvar Aalto’s residential buildings
11:10 11:30 Luca Placci: The pergola in Alvar Aalto’s Finnish architectures: Firmitas, Utilitas, Venustas, Virida

11:30 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 13:20 Kurt C Hunker: Pattern and novelty: the Evergreen Aalto parti
13:20 13:40 Anne-Maija Malminsalo-Lensu: Sustainable design for a warm climate – The case of the Baghdad Art Museum
13:40 14:00 Kirsi Gullichsen: Villa Mairea – Non plastic house and life
14:00 14:30 Villa Mairea: Guided virtual tour

pre-recorded presentations available throughout the seminar

Yesim Kamile Aktuglu, Arda Filibelioglu and Ozder Gozde: The structural beauty of the Finnish pavilion, by Alvar Aalto, in La Biennale di Venezia-Giardini, Italy
Kirk Gastinger: Alvar Aalto and a truly green design
Fernando Nieto Fernández, Carmen Toribio and Rosana Rubio Hernandez: Et in Arcadia ego – The ruin metaphor in Alvar Aalto’s work as a driver for cultural sustainability

14:30 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 16:30 THEME 2: REFLECTIONS

15:00 15:30 KEYNOTE: Gunny Harboe
15:30 15:50 Tammy Gaber: Gardens of paradise: Aalto’s encounters with the Islamic world
15:50 16:10 João Miguel Couto Duarte and Maria João Moreira Soares: In search of Alvar Aalto: a Portuguese Journey in 1957
16:10 16:30 Pedro Borges de Araújo: How the architect does things with words
16:30 16:50 Miguel Borges de Araújo: Alvar Aalto – Office buildings in city blocks: Atriums, arcades and spatial grid walls

16:50 17:00 Closing of day 1



09:00           Registration / sign in to the virtual platform
09:45 10:00 Opening of day 2

10:00 12:00 THEME 2: RELECTIONS

10:00 10:20 Cho Chiu Chen-Yu: The role of Japanese art and architecture in Aino and Alvar Aalto’s creation of the Villa Mairea
10:20 10:40 Susana Lima: Space, humanism and circumstance in architecture
10:40 11:00 Jaime J. Ferrer Forés: Alvar Aalto and the Danish tradition
11:00 11:20 Jonas Malmberg: Homes built from prefabricated concrete elements – Alvar Aalto and the post-war housing production
11:20 11:40 Jana Ticha: Alvar Aalto and the nature of space in modern architecture
11:40 12:00 Rachel Simmonds: Northern grace, Aalto in Scotland: the contribution of Alvar Aalto to the Scottish modernist ecclesiastical designs of Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan

pre-recorded presentations available throughout the seminar

Esin Bolukbas Dayi: Flow of ideas: Alvar Aalto in Turkish architectural periodicals
Maria Ekman-Kolari: Businessman Allan Hjelt and his architect friend Alvar Aalto – a profilic cooperation revealed
Mäkelä Asko: On the Pathway in Paimio Tuberculosis Sanatorium Park
Marti Jean-François: Aalto’s architectural variations: a prelude to contemporary space?
Wahlsten Marianna: Critical Regionalism in the post digital contaxt
Rantanen Silja: An Artist’s Interpretation. Aalto in Donald Judd’s Studios
Mikkola Arto: Surprising evergreen perspectives in Vuoksenniska Church; Aalto’s handwriting as his poetic visions narratively interpreted
Maria João Moreira Soares and João Miguel Couto Duarte: Revisiting Alvar Aalto: a re-reading of the legacy of Fernando Távora through the lens of Japanese culture

12:00 13:00 Lunch break


13:00 13:30 KEYNOTE: Tapani Mustonen: The accuracy of “Plan to implementation” design, and creativity in the implementation
13:30 14:00 KEYNOTE: Teemu Tuomi: Finlandia Hall – Preparing for the renovation
14:00 14:30 Panel discussion: How is sustainability addressed in restoration/reuse projects in buildings of the Aalto era?
Tapani Mustonen, Teemu Tuomi, Gunny Harboe, Antonello Alici, Jonas Malmberg, Tommi Lindh

14:30 14:45 Closing of the seminar

The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme.