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University of Jyväskylä (1956). Photo: © Alvar Aalto Museum / Maija Holma.

The 13th Alvar Aalto Symposium will discuss the making of architecture

The 13th International Alvar Aalto Symposium has invited an impressive group of renowned architects who will share their motives, sources of inspiration and methods in creating architecture. According to the organisers, there will be no project presentations but diving into the world of doing and creating architecture from the perspectives of LOCAL, SOCIAL, DIGITAL and MATERIAL.

This year’s keynote speakers are Greg Lynn (USA), Hiroshi Nakamura (Japan), Henriette Vamberg (Denmark) of Jan Gehl Architects and Liu Xiaodu (China) of Urbanus. Other speakers in the symposium programme include e.g. Rahul Mehrotra (India), known for his ethical, human-driven projects, Carin Smuts (South Africa), who visited the Symposium in 2012 and who is hailed as an expert in engaging the community in the process of creating architecture, and Marcelo Ferraz (Brazil) of Brasil Arquitectura, with an in-depth professional knowhow gained through 30 years of experience in practicing architecture.

The chair in 2015 is architect Anssi Lassila, and the event’s moderators include David Basulto (Chile), editor in chief of ArchDaily and Ole Bouman (the Netherlands/China), architecture critic and director of Shekou Design Museum.

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