The 14th International Alvar Aalto Symposium focuses on the current challenges and opportunities for future housing design and construction in urban areas.

The topic emerges from a fact that urban housing and living are in a state of paradigmatic flux. For example, reducing energy consumption, increasing the density of community structures, and renovating the suburbs, as well as changes in the population demographic, all influence present housing design. This means that existing city planning solutions, urban structures, housing typologies, living concepts, business models and administrative processes need to be renewed.

Program consists of general lectures which are intended to offer us a comprehensive understanding of the theme. In addition, we will have two sets of thematic lectures and one set of parallel sessions with a panel discussion. These lectures will focus on four specific viewpoints: Cultural variables, Sharing, Adaptability and Emerging typologies.

Cultural variables

What are the major cultural and intercultural changes in relation to housing? What kind of needs and desires are currently emerging? How can various cultural preferences be taken into account in an inclusive way with regards to the design process and outcomes?


What kind of new types of shared and common spaces are emerging in housing? What uses can they accommodate? What kind of architectural concepts should be developed to enable new ways of sharing and using? What novel experimental practices are being developed by and with dwellers and other actors, and how can they help respond to the changing needs of dwellers in future cites.


Which flexible space concepts and various scales of spatial solutions are relevant in contemporary urban housing? What kinds of building processes and ownership arrangements do these concepts and solutions require? What kind of spatial thinking produces adaptable and transformable architecture?

Emerging typologies

What kinds of urban design solutions and housing typologies are needed for densifying cites? Can typologically mixed and functionally hybrid concepts offer interesting options for future housing. What does new transportation systems or digitalisation mean to the development of city structures, service networks and housing solutions?


Thursday 30 August 2018

10:30–11:00  Seminar registration
11:00–11:30  Opening of the Alvar Aalto Symposium
11:30–12:15  AART Architects, moderator Markku Hedman
12:15–13:00  Sofie Pelsmaker, moderator Markku Hedman

13:00–14:15  Lunch break

14:15–15:45  Thematic session 1: SHARING, moderator Minna Lukander
14:15–14:45  Jaakko Blomberg
14:45–15:15  Anne Kaestle
15:15–15:45  Stephen Bates

15:45–16:15  Coffee break

16:15–17:00  Selina Anttinen, moderator Minna Lukander
17:00–18:00  Award ceremony of the architectural design competition Asuntoreformi 2018
18:00–18:15  Closing of the day 1, Markku Hedman

19:30–23:00  Evening party of the seminar (venue: Alvar Aalto Museum)

Friday 31 August 2018

09:00–09:15  Introduction to the program, Markku Hedman
09:15–10:00  Ola Nylander, moderator Juha Kostiainen
10:00–10:45  Verena Von Beckerath, moderator Juha Kostiainen

10:45–11:15  Coffee break

11:15–12:45  Thematic session 2: EMERGING TYPOLOGIES, moderator Juha Kostiainen
11:15–11:45  Antti Lehto
11:45–12:15  Peter Pichler
12:15–12:45  Jussi Murole

12:45–14:00  Lunch break

14:00–15:15  Parallel session 1: ADAPTABILITY, moderator Ari Hynynen
14:00–14:15  Elli Mosayebi
14:15–14:30  Sini Saarimaa
14:30–14:45  Jyrki Tarpio
14:45–15:15  Panel discussion

14:00–15:15  Parallel session 2: CULTURAL VARIABLES, moderator Hanna Harris
14:00–14:15  Michael Asgaard Andersen
14:15–14:30  Elina Alatalo
14:30–14:45  Katja Maununaho
14:45–15:15  Panel discussion

15:15–15:45  Coffee break

15:45–16:30  Jeremy Till, moderator Markku Hedman
16:30–17:15  Mikkel Frost, moderator Markku Hedman
17:15–17:30  Closing words, Markku Hedman

19:00–22:00  Cruise and a buffet dinner at lake Päijänne

The organiser reserves the right to alter the programme.


(not included in the Symposium registration)


18:00–20:00 Alvar Aalto Society presents an open and free of charge lecture: THE RENOVATION AND EXTENSION OF ALVAR AALTO BUILDINGS – THE CASE PRESENTATION OF KUNSTEN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART AALBORG, DENMARK by Architect Lars Bendrup, Transform Architects.
Venue: Main Building of the University of Jyväskylä, Seminaarinkatu 15, Jyväskylä, Finland.

FRIDAY 31 August 2018

19:00–22:00  Evening cruise from Jyväskylä to the near waters of the Lake Päijänne.
Departure: Jyväskylä harbor, Satamakatu 8, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Price 65€, including the cruise and a buffet dinner.

Saturday 1 September 2018

9:00–11:00  Architectural excursion around Jyväskylä area.
Departure: Alvar Aalto Museum, Alvar Aallon katu 7, Jyväskylä, Finland.
Price 15€, including the bus transportation and guiding during the tour.