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Xiaodu Liu, Analysis diagram, Courtesy of Urbanus Architecture & Design

Xiaodu Liu, Analysis diagram, Courtesy of Urbanus Architecture & Design

The 13th International Alvar Aalto Symposium will be held this weekend, 7-9 August, in Jyväskylä, Finland. Through the symposium’s theme, DO!, we’ll examine the future of architecture from the perspective of doing. Hundreds of architecture lovers from around the world are expected to attend.

At the symposium, the processes of creating architecture will be approached through four perspectives and keynote speakers. The event kicks off on Friday by looking at the local, led by Xiaodu Liu of Urbanus architects. On Saturday, urban planning master Henriette Vamberg of the Gehl architects unveils the social perspective and one of the most innovative pioneers, American architect Greg Lynn will lead us into the digital world, while Brazil’s Marcelo Ferraz will end the day with a segment devoted to material.

Altogether the conference will feature talks by more than 20 of today’s most fascinating creative figures. The Symposium’s chair is architect Anssi Lassila, Director and Founder of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture.

“The DO! theme is a brilliant choice by our chair, Anssi Lassila. This year we’ll get closer than ever to the core of architecture, the actual processes of design and creation,” says Alvar Aalto Foundation director Tommi Lindh.

The symposium was first arranged in 1979, based on Alvar Aalto’s original idea. Over the years it has gained popularity and taken its place as one of the world’s most important architectural discussion forums.

“In line with the original idea, the symposium aims to bring forth current issues and open-minded, insightful guidelines for contemporary architecture. The event also brings international atmosphere to the streets of Jyväskylä and raises awareness of the city and country among those advancing issues of quality in the built environment,” says Lindh.

The Alvar Aalto Foundation produces the event in cooperation with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Architecture Information Centre Finland and the City of Jyväskylä. The Symposium’s arrangements are supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the City of Jyväskylä.

DO! 13th International Alvar Aalto Symposium
7.–9.8.2015 Jyväskylä


For more information about the Symposium:
director Tommi Lindh
The Alvar Aalto Foundation
tel. +358 44 562 1625

Producer Tomi Summanen
The Alvar Aalto Foundation
tel. +358 44 555 7337

Symposium media enquiries and interview requests:
Communications Officer Annukka Pakarinen
The Alvar Aalto Foundation
tel. +358 50 3810143