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A new kind of urban event will take over the city of Jyväskylä 27.8–2.9.2018, when the much-awaited Alvar Aalto Week brings an impressive, wide-ranging programme on architecture, design and the built environment. The diverse Alvar Aalto Week events tempt us to visit rarely open architectural sites, while also being inspired by our own familiar, everyday environments. Entry to almost all Alvar Aalto Week events is free.

Complete Alvar Aalto Week programme in Finnish:

Alvar Aalto Week includes multi-artistic performances, exhibitions, lectures and all sorts of other events. During the Week, friends of architecture are in for a treat, with more than thirty guided tours on various themes taking them further into the architect’s multi-faceted production and colourful personal history. There will be Aalto andante guided walking tours and Aalto bravo bus tours, which are free to the public and offer insights into the Alvar Aalto buildings in the city centre, Säynätsalo and Muurame. Tour tickets should be collected in advance from the Visit Jyväskylä tourist information office, Asemakatu 7 (Jyväskylä-info).

Bringing international colour to the event is Danish architect Lene Hammer’s lecture in English: The Renovation and Extension of Alvar Aalto Buildings – the case presentation of Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark.

Homes and residential living round off Alvar Aalto Week

One connecting thread running through the week of events is the theme of residential living, which celebrates the centenary of Alvar Aalto’s birth. The Alvar Aalto Museum’s exhibition The Housing Problem. Alvar Aalto´s housing architecture shows the achievements made in residential design by this best-known architect of our age.

The action-packed week culminates in the inaugural Aalto Open House event on Sunday, 2.9.2018. This provides a unique opportunity to take a peep into residential buildings designed by Alvar Aalto in Jyväskylä when residents open the doors to their private homes.

Alvar Aalto Week is being jointly organized by the Alvar Aalto Foundation, the City of Jyväskylä and numerous partners in collaboration.

Jyväskylä will also host the 14th International Alvar Aalto Symposium – New housing solutions for cities in change on 30–31.8.2018. The Symposium’s roster of fascinating speeches will shed light on the current challenges and opportunities for future urban housing design.

You are welcome to join in all the Alvar Aalto Week events!

Further information:
Alvar Aalto Foundation, Producer Mari Forsberg, tel. +358 45 679 0920,
Alvar Aalto Museum, Chief Curator Katariina Pakoma, tel. +358 400 849 315,
City of Jyväskylä, Director of Communications Helinä Mäenpää, tel. +358 50 5487 422,