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15th Alvar Aalto Symposium – Future of Industry GOES VIRTUAL

Welcome! The 15. Alvar Aalto Symposium was held 12.-13.8.2021 and recordings are now available until 15.10.2021. The virtual program includes besides speeches and discussions on topical architecture, art, heritage, technology and future, also panel discussion and video interviews commemorating history and significance of Alvar Aalto Symposium since 1979 Main language is English.

10:00–11:00 Virtual seminar online registration
11:00–11:30 Opening of the virtual seminar and introduction to the day 1

11:30–16:30 SESSION 1: RELIABLE PARTNER: A FACTORY BUILDING IN THE CITY, moderator Antti Ahlava, Aalto University
11:30–12:00 Xu Tiantian, DnA Architects, Beijing, China: Tofu factory – a collective economic entity
12:00–12:30 Beniamino de Liguori Carino, Adriano Olivetti Foundation & Pippo Ciorra, MAXXI MUSEUM, Italia: Universo Olivetti community as a concrete utopia
12:30–14:00 Lunch break
14:00–14:30 Sebastian Hernandez, Stora Enso, Germany: Industrial Construction: new concepts with LVL, CLT and Glulam
14:30–15:00 Glimpses of the activities of the Alvar Aalto Symposium over the years. Preface Architect, Professor Juhani Pallasmaa. An interview with architects Gunnel Adlercreutz, Aki Davidsson and Esa Laaksonen. Tuottaja, taiteilija Mira Caselius.
15:00–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–16:00 Antti Alanen, National Audiovisual Institute KAVI, Finland: Alvar Aalto and the Modern Times – how the Charles Chaplin aficionado became a pioneer of Finnish film culture
16:00–16:30 Thomas Bonde-Hansen, Gotlieb Paludan Architects: Green energy enclosed in a forest – CHP BIO4 project in Copenhagen
16:30–16:45 Closing of Day 1

09:00–10:15 Virtual seminar online-registration
10:15–10:30 Introduction to the day 2

10:30–12:30 SESSION 2: RESPONSIBLE ACTION, moderator Petteri Kummala, Museum of Finnish Architecture
10:30–11:00 Ute Schneider, KCAP Architects&Planners Rotterdam/Zürich/Shanghai: Adaptive Re-Use Waiting lands – seedbeds of urbanity
11:00–11:30 Ville Hietalahti, Stora Enso, Finland: Future of a community in the immediate vicinity of manufacturing industries
11:30–12:00 Pirjo Kääriäinen, Aalto University, Design and Materialities, Finland: Bio-based Materials for a Sustainable Future
12.00–12:30 Tuomas Kivinen, Virkkunen & Co Architects, Finland: Cases of contextually sensitive infrastructure
12:30–14:00 Lunch break

14:00–14:30 Samuli Paitsola, Council of Oulu region. The hydropower cultural heritage project VekuVaku, Finland: Works of architects Alvar Aalto and Aarne Ervi along the Oulujoki river
14:30–15:00 Charlotte Skene Catling, Skene Catling de la Peña & Adam Lowe, Factum Foundation, Spain: The AALTOSIILO, Oulu
15:00–15:30 Coffee break
15:30–16:00 Architect, Professor Juhani Pallasmaa moderates a panel discussion with architects Sean Godsell, Esa Laaksonen, Peter MacKeith, Alberto Pérez Gómez, Sami Rintala and historian, critic and artist William J.R. Curtis on “The Alvar Aalto Symposium since 1979”.
16.00–16:30 Tommi Lindh, CEO of Alvar Aalto Foundation, moderates closing panel discussion
16:30–16:45 Closing of the seminar


Virtual Aalto site tours included to the virtual 2-day programme.
Guided tours to Aalto sites also available during the seminar, advance booking. The Alvar Aalto Art Posters series 2 are celebrating the 15th year history of the event and highlighting the unique graphic design of the symposium.

We keep monitoring COVID-19 recommendations and restrictions for your safety. Changes possible.

Further information

Nina Heikkonen, Programme Manager
Alvar Aalto Foundation
+358 44 500 1257

Aila Svenskberg, Communications, PRESS
Alvar Aalto Foundation
+358 40 659 1930

Sunila (Alvar Aalto 1936–54), factory, detail, photo Alvar Aalto Foundation / Maija Holma
University of Jyväskylä (Alvar Aalto 1951–71), main building, Alvar Aalto Foundation / Maija Holma