SÄYNÄTSALO TABLE TALKS / KUNNANTALON PÖYTÄPUHEITA
Aalto Residency OCTOBER 2018
Aalto’s work as a platform for creative cross-pollination
Monday October 22nd
Säynätsalo Town Hall, Council Chamber, Parviaisentie 9, 40900 Säynätsalo
A table talk in which the 2018 Alvar Aalto residents explore how their research incorporates a creative projection of the work and pedagogy of Alvar Aalto.
“Aalto’s work has served as an attractor that has drawn us together at Säynätsalo from various parts of the world. Through collaboration and co-habitation at the Town Hall, each of us has located within our own research a desire to bring an aspect of Aalto’s work into contemporary architectural practice. We are motivated by urgent questions about the contemporary relationships between architecture and the biological and the social realms.”
13.00 Welcoming words, Harri Taskinen
13.05 Opening statement, Bryan Ortega-Welch
13.10 Introduction of the panellists
13.50- Table talks – discussion
≈ 15.00 Closing remarks, Bryan Ortega-Welch
The seminar will be held in English. Alustukset ovat englanniksi, mutta kysymyksiä voi esittää ja keskustella voi suomeksi.
Workshop will be recorded and available later.
Aalto Residency is organised by Tavolo Bianco Oy
Bryan Ortega-Welch, Director of Guilds, Master’s Students in Architecture Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Aalto’s legacy represents an experimentation with modernist form-making while maintaining a harmony with the Finnish natural landscape and palette of available local resources. The evolution of this relationship in Aalto’s work holds a special resonance for contemporary architects who are evaluating their practice in the face of material over-extraction and issues of climate change. As an educator, I seek to draw upon Aalto as a guide in the creation of a pedagogical template for a design education that integrates responsible material choices, thermodynamic performance, and an understanding of how to curate interactions with nature into a design curriculum.
Khoa Vu, Master in Architecture ’19, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Aalto once said he saw the answer to the problem of how to create harmony between humans and technology in nature. In our current age of fast-moving networks and technology, this statement is even more important. How can architects today maintain this harmony relationship learning from Aalto’s design approach toward nature to construct a sustainable built environment? Indeed, the architecture today needs to be more “organic.” Aalto’s work was a true inspiration and influence in my understanding of organic architecture. Here the term organic does not describe characteristics of form but rather the inner organization of space that is adaptive to different uses, integrating the manmade with its surroundings, and humans with space. This characteristic shares similarities with the Japanese design principal. My residency will focus on unfolding these similarities between Aalto’s work and Japanese design approach towards the development of organic architecture.
Aayush Vira, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies / Mumbai University
As an aspiring architect, I have always believed that a “successful” architect is the one who understands the relationship of his work with the human body and the nature. Alvar Aalto’s buildings always centred around the human body and its proportions and always made use of the landscape around. He detailed his buildings right from the door handle to the kind of brick bond for the walls. One of the primary reasons why he was “successful” in designing buildings in my opinion, was perhaps because of the tools he used to design. Today, the modes of producing architectural design have drastically changed. Over-use of digital tools in producing architectural design has led to a lot of buildings lose their spatial quality. I seek to compare Aalto’s work with the works of Indian architects and thereby understand the similarities in their design philosophies.
Suyash Maheshwari, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies / Mumbai University
I believe in the physical being of a human body in space, and it is until that moment when one establishes a connection with it, when one starts experiencing the architecture in relation to himself. This is the point when one starts realising his own self. The context is what gives oneself identity. The intimacy of the space that houses the human body, the interaction of architecture with people, the use of a public building in various contexts is what interests me.
It is fascinating to see a public building in a town with so less people! In this period of the residency, I would try to look at how the building has grown with time in relation to its use, how it adapts to its new users, if there are any! What was the importance of the building at the time it was built and what has it become now are the questions that I want to explore. Drawing comparisons to this through the perspective of how public buildings are sought in the Indian city would be an interesting tool to move forward.
Harri Taskinen, Managing Director, Tavolo Bianco Oy / Aalto Residency
Tavolo Bianco takes care of Säynätsalo Town Hall designed by Alvar Aalto. Town Hall has now woken up again after many years of silence. Tavolo Bianco Oy offers accommodation, meeting and event services, has a residency program (Aalto Residency) and keeps the building open and active all year round.
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