Alvar Aalto - Architecture, Modernity and Geopolitics

Authors: Pelkonen, Eeva-Liisa
Publishing company: Yale University Press
Published: 2009
Languages: English
Number of pages: 229
Product type: Books
ISBN: 978-0-300-11428-7
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Perhaps no other great modern architect has been more closely linked to a native country than Alvar Aalto (1898–1976). Critics have argued that the essence of Finland flows into his quasi-organic forms, ranging from such buildings as the Baker House in Cambridge, Massachusetts designs, including his Savoy vases and bent-plywood stacking stools.

Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen proposes a dramatically different interpretation of Aaltos oeuvre, revealing it as a deeply thoughtful political and even strategic response to his intellectual and cultural milieu especially to Finlands dynamic political circumstances following independence from Russia in 1917.

With an unprecedented focus on the architects own writing, library and critical reception, Pelkonen also considers the geographic and geopolitical narratives found in his writings. These include ideas about national style and national cultural revival, and about how architecture can foster cosmopolitanism, internationalism, and regionalism. Expanding the canonical reading of Aalto, this work promises to influence future inquiries on Aalto for generations to come.

Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen is assistant professor and chair of the Master of Architectural Design Program at the School of Architecture at Yale University. Text English.