Alvar Aalto: Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban

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Juhani Pallasmaa, Tomoko Sato
Black Dog Publishing, 2007 - Architecture - 271 pages
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Finnish architect and designer, Alvar Aalto, is universally acknowledged as one of the most important figures of twentieth century architecture. His career overlapped chronologically, and for a while ideologically with those of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, but his commitment to a humanitarian ideal inspired by nature, set him apart from his purist Modernist contemporaries and lent his work a very distinct, personal touch.
The environmental and humanitarian concerns of the twenty first century mean that Aalto's philosophical approach is more relevant than ever. Renowned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, is one of the leaders in his field carrying on Aalto's legacy today. In this publication, Ban looks back to the Finnish master for inspiration, and has chosen 15 key projects that chart Aalto's philosophical and conceptual development throughout his prolific career.
Featuring new writing by Juhani Pallasmaa and Sir Colin St. John Wilson, an exclusive interview with Shigeru Ban, new translations of Aalto's own writings and a specifically commissioned photo-essay by celebrated photographer Judith Turner, Alvar Aalto Through the Eyes of Shigeru Ban sheds new light on an architect whose work never ceases to inspire.

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Contents

FOREWORD
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EDITORS PREFACE
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THE ORTHODOXY OF ALVAR AALTO Colin St John Wilson
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Copyright

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Alvar Aalto is universally acknowledged as one of the most important figures of twentieth century architecture. His career overlapped both chronologically and idelogically with those of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, but his commitment to a humanitarian ideal, inspired by nature set him apart from his purist modernist contemporaries. The environmental concerns of the twenty-first century mean that Aalto's legacies have become ever more apparent. One of the successors to Aalto's ideologies, is the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has worked extensively with renewable resources, such as paper and cardboard, and whose aesthetic openly echoes that of the Finnish master. In conjunction with a major exhibition in London of the same name, Alvar Aalto; through the eyes of Shigeru Ban, pays homage to one of the pioneers of contemporary architecture, looking at his working processes and models, and at the way his work has positioned itself globally. This book is essential reading for architects, designers and anyone interested in the origins of contemporary architecture and culture.

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