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Alvar Aalto Symposium 2015. Greg Lynn. Correspondent: Inari Virkkala. Photos: Aino Salmi.

Moments from the 13th Alvar Aalto Symposium: Greg Lynn, Lisa Iwamoto and Marcelo Ferraz

Greg Lynn: Architecture gives physical identity to a digital application

Architects tend to make things more complicated than necessary. That is how things were also in the digital sphere in the 80s and 90s. But this is actually not part of digitalization. My passion in the recent years has been to have surfaces that do everything.

In Jyväskylä I was more excited to see Aalto’s boat, than the actual Muuratsalo house. In building my own boat it has been great to see in practice how optimization through design gives a great advantage. Design is not simply a common sense approach anymore, but to handle the complexity you need a digital approach.

Greg Lynn was born in 1964. He won a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award and was awarded a fellowship from United States Artists. Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century and Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects.

Greg Lynn
Greg Lynn


Lisa Iwamoto: Achieving efficiency through optimization

In our project in downtown San Francisco we wanted to study how digital production can bring the beautiful qualities of the old hand made facades into interiors and contemporary materials. We make a lot of tests and mock-ups, that actually often fail. Through them we reach optimization in structures and reduction in forces. This leads to efficiency as we are able to use very light materials in a structural way.

Lisa received her Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Colorado. She is author of the best-selling book Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009, and is Professor at the University of California Berkeley.

Lisa Iwamoto
Lisa Iwamoto


Marcelo Ferraz: Roots to the tradition but antennas for the avant-garde

Early Brasilian modernism was equipped with roots to the tradition but antennas for the avantgarde. Later especially Lina Bo Bardi, who I was happy to work with many years, was able to overcome geographical, historical and cultural restrictions. Conviviality is a key word for successful architecture.

Marcelo Ferraz (b.1955) graduated from the University of São Paulo School of Architecture and Urbanism in 1978. He is a principal of the practice Brazil Arquitetura Studio together with Franisco Fanucci. Created in 1979 Brasil Arquitetura Studio has realised a number of prize-winning projects both abroad and in Brazil, such as the Gelbes Viertel in Berlin, Germany, Rodin Museum in Salvador, Bahia, Villa Isabella in Hanko, Finland and Praça das Artes performing arts center, São Paulo, Brazil.

Marcelo Ferraz
Marcelo Ferraz


13th Alvar Aalto Symposium DO! Is held 7–9 August 2015 in Jyväskylä, Finland and produced by The Alvar Aalto Foundation in partnership with the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Architecture Information Centre Finland and the City of Jyväskylä.