Alvar Aalto Symposium
University of Jyväskylä
30 – 31 August 2018
The Alvar Aalto Symposium is an international forum for discussions on the artistic, social, and technical challenges contemporary architecture is facing.
The focus of the 14th Symposium is on the possibilities and problems of future residential construction in urban areas. Some lectures will impart a basic theoretical knowledge to visitors, while more specialised lectures will look at particular topics in more detail, followed by podium discussions. The symposium will be held largely in English and moderated by architect and professor Markku Hedman. The lectures will consider the influences that phenomena such as demographic change and the reduction of energy consumption currently have on urban planning, and the extent to which we need to rethink and review existing urban planning, living concepts, and administrative processes. Using examples of current trends, such as collective living and working, speakers will offer solutions for future concepts that aim to counteract current societal, social, and financial problems as well as raise awareness about them.
Equal attention will be given to the question of space and the most functional and sensible use of it as well as to the role of sustainability. Attached to the symposium is the exhibition “The Housing Problem. Alvar Aalto’s Housing Architecture”, showcasing this artist’s multifaceted projects. Classic wooden villas, streamlined, functional apartments, and standardised post-war buildings, as well as the unusual personal residences of the architect himself are on show. Aalto also constructed terraced houses and apartments throughout Finland that are adapted to the environment and blend into the landscape. The exhibition also presents ideas for living, furniture, and furnishings in the modern style of the 1930s and 1940s.