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11.30-12.00 Architect Xu Tiantian, DnA Architects, Beijing, China: Tofu factory – a collective economic entity

Architect Xu Tiantian is the founding principal of DnA _Design and Architecture. She has received numerous awards such as the WA China Architecture Award in 2006 and 2008, the Architectural League New York’s Young Architects Award in 2008, the Design Vanguard Award in 2009 by Architecture Record and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architect in 2019. She has built a number of projects, such as Songzhuang Art Center and Ordos Art Museum.

In the past years she has been engaged extensively in the rural revitalising process in Songyang County, China. Her groundbreaking “architectural acupuncture” is a holistic approach to the social and economic revitalization of rural China and has been selected by UN Habitat as the case study of Inspiring Practice on Urban-Rural Linkages. Xu Tiantian received her masters in architecture and urban design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and her baccalaureate in architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Captions: 1) Architect Xu Tiantian, founder of DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing China.
2) Wooden Tofu factory (2018), Village of Caizhai in Songyang (Zhejiang province), China. Architect Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing China. Photo ©Wang Ziling
3) Brown sugar factory (2016), Community center, Lishui, China. Architect Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing China. Photo ©Wang Ziling
4) Aerial view of Tofu factory (2018), Village of Caizhai in Songyang (Zhejiang province), China. Architect Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing China. Photo ©Wang Ziling






THURSDAY 12.8.2021
12:00–12:30 Beniamino de Liguori Carino, Adriano Olivetti Foundation & Pippo Ciorra, MAXXI MUSEUM, Italia: Universo Olivetti community as a concrete utopia

Pippo Ciorra is architect, critic and professor at SAAD (University of Camerino) and director of the PhD program “Villard d’Honnecourt”. Author of books and essays he was part of the curatorial team for the 1991 Architecture Venice Biennale and juror for the 2016 edition. He has curated exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 2009, he is Senior Curator of MAXXI Architettura in Rome.

Beniamino de’ Liguori Carino (1981) is General Secretary and member of the Board of Trustee of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation’s Scientific Committee, of which he became Secretary in 2016. He has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Olivetti Historical Archive Association since 2016 and has been appointed Vice President. Since 2012 he is Publisher and editorial director of Edizioni di Comunità. Beniamino graduated from La Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in Modern and Contemporary History.









14.00-14.30 Sebastián Hernández Maetschl, Stora Enso, Germany: Modern industrial construction of CLT and GluLam

Sebastián Hernández Maetschl is the Manager for Building Concepts for Building Solutions at Stora Enso. Focuses on the further development of the unit´s offering by creating kits of parts, or combinations of current products, for specific building typologies and markets.   

With a background in Architecture, has specialized in timber and off-site prefabrication, first at the P. Universidad Católica de Chile, then at the Chair for Structural Design and Timber Engineering (ITI) at the TU Vienna. Led the Planning & Innovation department of  Gumpp & Maier in Germany between 2011 and 2016, and has Business Development experience at Stora Enso between 2017 and 2019. Sebastián has a vast experience in applied research and innovation in international projects and business environments, all sharing a focus on developing and strengthening the use of wood in buildings.

Photo ©Sebastián Hernández Maetschl


15.30-16.00 Antti Alanen, Film programmer, National Audiovisual Institute, Finland: Alvar Aalto and the Modern Times – how the Charles Chaplin aficionado became a pioneer of Finnish film culture.

Film programmer (National Audiovisual Institute, 1985–), film historian, author, critic, member of the board of the Finnish Film Foundation 2019– . Director of the Finnish Board of Film Classification 1997–1998. Head of the Programming and Access to Collections Commission of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) 2006–2012. Blogger since 1997: Antti Alanen Film Diary.
MMM Elokuvaopas [Film Guide] (1995, 2005) and Elokuvantekijät [Encyclopedia of Film-Makers] (2012).
Elokuva ja psyyke [Film and Psyche] series of books 1–5 (ed. 2007–2019).
Citizen Peter [on Peter von Bagh] (ed. Olaf Möllerin kanssa, 2015).
Sähköiset unet: musiikkivideot: miten taiteesta tuli pop [Electric Dreams: Music Video, Or: How Art Became Pop] (1992, design Ilppo Pohjola) and Suomalainen musiikkivideografia [Finnish Music Videography] (2004).
Musta peili: kauhuelokuvan kehitys Prahan ylioppilaasta Poltergeistiin [Dark Mirror: the Evolution of the Horror Film from The Student of Prague till Poltergeist] (1985, & Asko Alanen).
Marilyn – alaston naamio [Marilyn – a Naked Mask] (1982, 1996).
Contributions: Mitä Tolstoi todella sanoi? [What Tolstoy Really Said?] (2021), Väinö Linna – tunnettu ja tuntematon [Väinö Linna – Well-Known and Unknown] (2020), Dostojevski: kiistaton ja kiistelty [Dostoevsky: Disputed and Undisputed] (2017), Bewegte Bilder – starres Recht (2011), Suomen kansallisfilmografia [Finnish National Filmography] (1991–2005), Routledge Encyclopedia of Early Cinema (2005), The Unknown Orson Welles (2004), Steven Soderbergh (2003), Nordic Explorations (1999).


16.00-16.30 Architect Thomas Bonde-Hansen, Gotlieb Paludan Architects: Green energy enclosed in a forest – CHP BIO4 project in Copenhagen

Architect Thomas Bonde-Hansen, Creative Director at Gottlieb Paludan Architects
Thomas graduated as an architect from the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and has been employed by Gottlieb Paludan Architects since 2007. Since march 2021, Thomas has taken up the position as Creative Director at Gottlieb Paludan Architects.

Thomas devotes most of his time to infrastructure projects, including competitions, design development and project management. Having served as Head of Design for many years, Thomas has been involved in the development of some of Gottlieb Paludan Architects’ largest projects such as the new Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant, footbridges for Network Rail in the UK as well as the BIO4 unit at the Amagerværket CHP plant in Copenhagen.

Captions: 1) Architect Thomas Bonde-Hansen, Creative Director at Gottlieb Paludan Architects, Denmark. ©Gottlieb Paludan Architects
2-3) Värtan Bioenergy CHP Plant-17, energy plant at Stockholm, Gottlieb Paludan Architects, UD Urban Design AB. Photo ©Robin Hayes


Architect Ute Schneider, KCAP, Netherlands/Switzerland/China:
Adaptive Re-Use Waiting lands – seedbeds of urbanity

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Ute Schneider, Architect and Urban Designer, partner KCAP. Teaching and research is core to the work of Ute Schneider. In 2020 and 2021 she has been appointed Professor at the Vienna University of Technology, assigned to the Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. From 2012 to 2018, she supervised the integration of urban development at the University of Liechtenstein. In 2018, she held a visiting professorship at the TU Munich. Throughout her years of practice, Ute Schneider was involved in various exhibitions and publications of KCAP. She is a frequent lecturer and a valued member of a wide range of international selection commissions, juries and advisory boards.

Ute Schneider studied architecture at Technical University in Konstanz, and the University in Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Delft and graduated in Stuttgart. During her studies she worked for various German and Dutch architectural offices inter alia for Neutelings Riedijk Architecten in Rotterdam where she continued her professional career after graduation. In 1998 she founded the multidisciplinary office zipherspaceworks in Stuttgart working within the disciplines architecture urbanism & design. 

Next to several freelance commissions Ute Schneider started to collaborate with KCAP in 2003. She joined KCAP and headed the Swiss branch office in Zurich since 2006. In 2008, she became member of the management team and was appointed director KCAP Zurich, and partner in 2016. In this position, since 2018 in collaboration with two other partners at KCAP Zurich, she is responsible for the management of the office and in charge of the coordination of KCAP Zurich’s projects spanning from architecture and urban planning to the design and development of masterplans and transformation strategies in various scales and context’s.

Among a broad variety of projects, she focuses on transport oriented developments like diverse station precincts and airport city developments such as Europaallee Zurich, Gare TGV Montpellier and Jurong Lake District Singapore as well as others in Dublin and Munich. 

1) Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Ute Schneider, Architect and Urban Designer, partner KCAP. Kuva ©Boudewijn-Bollmann
2) The Red Apple, mixed-use complex with apartments, offices, retail and restaurants (2002-2009), Wijnhaveineland, Rotterdam, KCAP. Photo ©Michel Kievits
3) GWL-Terrein (1993-1998) ekological urban planning by KCAP, Amsterdam, aerial view, ©Pandion



11:00–11:30 Ville Hietalahti, Stora Enso, Suomi: Future of a community in the immediate vicinity of manufacturing industries

Ville Hietalahti has a 20-year career in Stora Enso in various roles in the corporate head office.
Today Ville is responsible for corporate risk management, and since 2018 also for real estate and legacy assets in Finland. Ville is passionate for history, design and architecture, so the responsibility for Stora Enso’s industrial heritage in Finland has offered him a unique possibility to combine work with personal lines of interests.

Ville’s Real Estate function is responsible for Stora Enso’s real estate property management, development and asset sales in Finland. The portfolio consists of several sites, including e.g a property complex at Anjala mill in Kouvola, with numerous works of Alvar Aalto.

The corporate head office team under Ville has  provided services to approximately 400 people in the head office in Kanavaranta. Stora Enso will move into new head office in 2023, after 60 years in Kanavaranta office, designed by Alvar Aalto. Ville is also a member of architecture jury of the Stora Enso’s new head office.


11.30-12.00 Pirjo Kääriäinen, Aalto University, Design and Materialities, Finland: Bio-based Materials for a Sustainable Future

Pirjo Kääriäinen is a material enthusiast and textile specialist, working currently as an Associate Professor in Design and Materialities at the Aalto University. Her academic career started 2008, and since 2011 she has been developing interdisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration between the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) and the School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) with professor Tapani Vuorinen.  CHEMARTS is aiming to inspire Aalto University students and researchers to explore bio-based materials together, and to create new concepts for their future use. Pirjo Kääriäinen works between practice and research, and she is involved in several material research projects focusing on bio-based materials, circular economy, interdisciplinary collaboration and biodesign. Before her career in academia, she worked eighteen years in the Scandinavian textile commerce, and gained experience also as an entrepreneur and consultant for creative industries.


12.00-12.30 Tuomas Kivinen, Virkkunen & Co Architects, Finland: Cases of contextually sensitive infrastructure

Tuomas Kivinen is an architect and a partner at Virkkunen & Co Architects, a Helsinki-based office focusing on the industrial sector. He is the lead architect and principal designer of major projects at the firm. Kivinen has an MSc (Arch) degree from Aalto University in Finland. Kivinen’s goal is to design architecture that is appropriate for its location and based on a broad examination of the context and landscape. In his projects, design choices are informed and influenced by the fact that a project is part of a larger whole. Virkkunen & Co Architects was originally founded in 1954. Most recently, the company has been awarded the Finnish Steel Structure of the Year 2014 and the Finnish Metal Facade of the Year 2019 prizes.

Captions: 1) Architect Tuomas Kivinen, Virkkunen & Co Architects.
2) Kalasatama Electricity Substation, Helsinki, Finland, Virkkunen & Co Architects 2019
3) Imatra Electricity Substation, Imatra, Finland, Virkkunen & Co Architects 2020
Photos ©Tuomas Kivinen




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

Samuli Paitsola works as a building researcher in the hydropower cultural heritage project VekuVaku, implemented by  Council of Oulu Region.


14.30-15.00 Charlotte Skene Catling,
Skene Catling de la Peña and
Adam Lowe, Factum Foundation, Spain:

Charlotte Skene Catling has written about architecture and urbanism in The Burlington Magazine, DOMUS, The Architectural Review and ARCH+. As part of her ongoing interest in architectural narrative, she co-launched the Architectural Film Festival, ArchFilmFest, in London in 2017. She ran a post-graduate architecture unit at the Royal College of Art for five years and taught at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany and has an ongoing involvement with the London School of Architecture. Part of the Swedish (mother’s) side of
Charlotte Skene Catling’s family lived for several generations in Turku, Finland.

Skene Catling de la Peña, founded by Charlotte Skene Catling 2003, take a unique approach they call ‘Geoarchaeology’, where they excavate meaning from context as a means of developing architecture. This involves transforming observations about the composition of the earth, historical artefacts and the cultural landscapes of their commissions. They are experienced in the design and integration of contemporary projects into Grade I and II listed buildings, and in creating interventions within sensitive historic contexts that include the Perm World Heritage Site, Russia. Recent work includes the Flint House for Jacob Rothschild, which was ‘extruded’ from the Buckinghamshire landscape of the Grade I listed Waddesdon Manor estate, Buckinghamshire. This building won the RIBA ‘House of the Year’ for 2015. Skene Catling de la Peña’s work has won many awards and been extensively published internationally.

Adam Lowe is an adjunct professor at Columbia University teaching a masters level course on architectural preservation. The course focuses on practical training in diverse forms of heritage recording supported by in-depth theoretic studies. The courses involve students in practical examples and is based on a ‘learning but doing’ approach.

Factum Foundation was established in 2009 by Adam Lowe to demonstrate the importance of documenting, monitoring, studying, re-creating and disseminating the world’s cultural heritage through the rigorous development of high-resolution recording and re-materialisation techniques. Factum Foundation has a proven track record in the recording of heritage – both cultural and climate-related – and in the preservation of architectural masterpieces through putting them to new uses (such as Factum’s ARCHiVe project – the Analysis and Recording of Cultural Heritage in Venice, the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and the work with the Kuikuro and Wauja communities in the Upper Xingu). Over the past four years the Foundation has been working with ReMade to prevent the permanent loss of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London.

Photos 1) ©Charlotte Skene Catling
2) ©Adam Lowe
3) Oulu-siilo ©Factumfoundation



Further information

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

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