The Finnish architecture critic Juhani Pallasmaa has said that one of Aalto’s principal design methods was collage. This Avant-garde principle was the principle Aalto used in creating the composition for Villa Mairea, a project which he saw as a prototype for living space for generations to come in the future classless society.
Think of a landscape, and you inevitably imagine a wild place in which, in keeping with the tradition of landscape painting, human beings and architecture occupy only a small space, compared to the enormous world which surrounds these subjects.
‘The big buildings collapsed immediately. The shanties remained unharmed,” predicted Vasily Kandinsky in his poem ‘The Bassoon’. Our time is witness to the construction of, above all, ‘big buildings’. Continuing urbanization is causing cities to grow; St Petersburg, Helsinki, and capital cities of the Baltic states are expanding.
One version has it that ‘Suomi’ derives from the same Indo-European root as ‘zemlya’ [the Russian word meaning ‘ground’ or ‘land’]. By calling their country after the ground itself, the Finns have firmly linked the notion of their identity with the territory and its terrain – cliffs, lakes, forests, and snows, i.e. with everything which constitutes the distinctive character of Finnish nature.
‘Three ways of seeing’ is the name of one of the installations featured in this issue of Project Baltia. Our editorial staff too has likewise taken three approaches to the theme of ‘exhibiting’. To be more exact, we have …
At a conference, taking place in Tallinn on April 21-22, architecture’s turn to nature and data will be explored from political and historical perspectives. Keynote speakers are Matthew Gandy and Douglas Spencer from the UK. The conference is organised by the
The programme for November 30th, the last day of the exhibition for Platforma, the competition organized by Project Baltia, LSR Group, and the New Stage of the Aleksandrinsky Theatre, featured lectures by members of the competition jury. The speakers were architects Jeroen Schipper (Rotterdam), Kimmo Lintula (Helsinki), Ruben Arkelyan (Moscow), and Maurice Nio (Rotterdam). Project Baltia’s correspondent managed to talk to Maurice Nio, an architect who is often called architecture’s artist and poet.