An analysis of the work of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto
This book is a combination of text, drawings, and line diagrams which analyzes the compositional strategies, and resultant meanings of buildings by the Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto. Much work has been done on the meaning and significance of Alvar Aalto's work in recent years, but this generally takes the form of identifying motifs, and broad motivations. Little specific interpretation has been teased out. That argument that is developed here is that Alvar Aalto's work, as a whole, is characterized by referential and narrative devices which he uses to "tell" architectural stories. These stories contain several broad themes which he developed, and returned to again and again throughout his life. His individual buildings can be seen as essays, or stories which articulate these themes.
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