Alvar Aalto: The Mark of the Hand

Alvar Aalto: The Mark of the Hand


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Showcasing the famed architect's creative accomplishments, this chronicle travels through a series of conversations with the members of Alvar Aalto's workshop that span a period of 50 years from 1944 to 1994. More than 60 projects are covered, discussing the full range of Aalto's craft and journeying far beyond the limited canon of buildings usually discussed in critiques of his work. Placing these projects in their own time and among the people and milieu that cultivated them, the study illustrates these structures not just as artifacts but as part of a dynamic—and often contentious—environment, demonstrating how the workshop itself formed an integral part of Aalto's achievements.

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ISBN-13: 9789516829954
Publisher: Rakennustieto Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Harry Charrington is an architect who has worked at and written extensively on the Alvar Aalto workshop. He completed his doctoral degree based on Alvar Aalto’s social and artistic practice. He is the author of The House of Culture, a lecturer at the University of Bath, and the former curator of the exhibition Alvar Aalto: Process & Culture in London. He has built and taught in Finland, France, and the United Kingdom. Vezio Nava is an architect who worked at the Alvar Aalto workshop, where he was involved in the detailed design of several projects including Finlandia Hall. He is the former job architect for the Riola Church in Italy, which took nearly 15 years to complete. He is a founding member and board member of the Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library, has lectured in Finland and abroad, and has contributed articles to several professional publications.

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