12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium

Welcome

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    Thorsen - Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion 1 - diephotodesign.de
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    Acayaba - Olga House 2 - Marcos Acayaba Arquitetos Ltda
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    Avanto - Chapel Of Saint Lawrence 2 - Tuomas Uusheimo www.uusheimo.com
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    Barkow - Trumpf Campus Gatehouse 1 - David Franck
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    Kroeker - Pictou Landing Health Centre 6 - Paul Toman
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    Mastenbroek - Swiss Lodge Hotel - SeARCH
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    Organschi - Storage barn 1 - Bo Crockett
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    Tezuka - Woods of net 2 - Katsuhisa Kida/FOTOTECA
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    de Rijke - Kingsdale school - de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
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    Conzett - Farbtobel railway bridge - Conzett, Bronzini, Gartmann, engineers
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    Wigglesworth - Siobhan Davies Studios - Richard Bryant

Construction today is overwhelmingly industrial. Buildings are assembled from components that are prefabricated, standardised and usually made from synthetic materials. At the same time, our awareness of manufacturing processes, material life cycles and embodied energies is on the increase, and technologies for forming, cutting, gluing, bending, moulding, pressing and more have advanced tremendously. New opportunities for architectural design are opening up and a renewed attention to architecture as a material practice has begun to emerge.

The 12th International Alvar Aalto Symposium will discuss the many ways in which architecture today is crafted through the careful consideration of technology, environment and human skill. Designers, builders and thinkers from a wide range of international practices will present buildings and projects that emphasize the specificity of the contexts in which they work. Our aim is to explore the potential of an architecture that carries the particular properties, practices and techniques of its location through to the smallest detail.

Together we will address the complex relationship between material, craft and culture not simply as a matter of professional practice but also as a sociological and pedagogical imperative.

Pekka Heikkinen
Professor, Architect