Alvar Aalto

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Of the indisputably great figures in 20th-century architecture, Alvar Aalto is in many ways the most humane, the least rigid, the most relevant to our contemporary sensibility and the emerging future. This sumptuous book offers a thorough study of an innovative and prolific master, whom Frank Lloyd Wright termed a genius. This fresh, penetrating examination of Aalto's work and influence includes essays by five notable critics and historians. Some 50 of Aalto's projects--houses, town halls, cultural institutions, ...
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Of the indisputably great figures in 20th-century architecture, Alvar Aalto is in many ways the most humane, the least rigid, the most relevant to our contemporary sensibility and the emerging future. This sumptuous book offers a thorough study of an innovative and prolific master, whom Frank Lloyd Wright termed a genius. This fresh, penetrating examination of Aalto's work and influence includes essays by five notable critics and historians. Some 50 of Aalto's projects--houses, town halls, cultural institutions, factories, furniture and glass designs, and regional plans--from all periods of his extraordinarily productive career are illustrated and described, using much previously unpublished and newly photographic material. This book was published to accompany a 1998 retrospective exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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Martin Filler
...a concise and cogent book about the architect's built works....Aalto's skillful fusion of opposites is underscored by the subtitle of the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition and catalog, "Between Humanism and Materialism....that duality...is addressed in the catalog's collection of excellent essays....This scrupulous chronological survey brings to mind the classic displays that decades ago made MoMA exhibitions a watchword for clarity and good taste. -- Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books
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  • ISBN-13: 9780870701085
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pekka Korvenmaa is Research Director at the University of Industrial Arts in Helisinki.

Juhani Palasmaa is an architect and former dean of the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology.

Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

Peter Reed is Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 9
Appreciation 11
Introduction 13
Acknowledgments 15
Alvar Aalto: Toward a Synthetic Functionalism 20
Aalto's Nature 46
Aalto and Finnish Industry 70
Alvar Aalto and the New Humanism of the Postwar Era 94
The Legacy of Alvar Aalto: Evolution and Influence 118
Plates 141
A Note on Aalto as a Competitor 304
Chronology 308
Selected Bibliography 314
Photograph Credits 316
Index 318
Trustees 320
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