Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity, and Geopolitics (BOK)

Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen

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Perhaps no other great modern architect has been linked to a native country as closely as Alvar Aalto. Critics have argued that the essence of Finland flows, as if naturally, into his quasi-organic forms, ranging from such buildings as the Baker House in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to iconic 20th-century designs, including his Savoy vase and bent-plywood stacking stools.What did Aalto himself say about the importance of nationalism and geography in his work and in architecture generally? With an unprecedented focus on the architect's own writings, library, and critical reception, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen proposes a dramatically different interpretation of Aalto's oeuvre, revealing it as a deeply thoughtful response to his intellectual and cultural milieu - especially to Finland's dynamic political circumstances following independence from Russia in 1917.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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2009 Forfatter Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen
Forlag
Yale University Press
ISBN 9780300114287
Antall sider 248 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 2,1cm
Vekt 862 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Individual architects & architectural firms

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