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List of illustrations

  • A page depicting Finnish lakes and forests, the Finnish Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, and Aalto's Savoy vases
  • Changes to Finland's borders since 1323
  • The Attack (Hyökkäys)
  • Sketch of the medieval Hattula Church
  • Porvoo Cathedral
  • Stockholm City Hall
  • Display booth at the Tampere Industrial Craft and Fair
  • Traditional house of West Ingria
  • Early Spring (Kevättalvi)
  • Olkkala Manor main building
  • The small dining room at Olkkala Manor
  • Jyväskylä Singing Festival entrance arcade
  • Civil Guard Building, Seinäjoki
  • Meat Inspection Building
  • Kauhajärvi Church and bell tower
  • Petäjävesi Church
  • The Laundresses (Pyykkärit)
  • Keuruu Old Church, interior
  • Keuruu New Church
  • One's Own House: Why Does It Need to Be Beautiful?
  • Casa Laurén
  • Casa Aalto, project
  • Säynätsalo Old People's Home, project
  • Taulumäki Church, competition entry
  • Church Square, project
  • Muurame Church
  • Tapani apartment building
  • The cover of Tulenkantajat 6 (1930), with Aalto's Turun Sanomat Building
  • Turun Sanomat Building, printing room
  • Turun Sanomat Building, street façade
  • Memorial for the tenth anniversary of Finnish independence, competition entry
  • Project for a prototypical cinema
  • Prototypical cinema, plan
  • Prototypical cinema, wall detail
  • Turku Finnish Theater in the Southeastern Finland Agricultural Cooperative Building
  • Turku Exhibition
  • Turku Exhibition, advertising masts
  • Turku Exhibition, entrance plaza
  • Choir stand for the Turku Singing Festival
  • The choir stand
  • Stockholm Exhibition
  • Title page for Acceptera
  • Image from Karl Scheffler's Italien
  • View of the Bulevardi
  • City 1920, competition entry for the Stockmann Department Store
  • Skyscraper project for downtown Helsinki
  • Kaleva Insurance Company Building
  • The Finnish National Fair, thesis project
  • First National Fair, Helsinki
  • View of Riga's medieval town
  • Stage set for Hagar Olsson's play S.O.S. at the Turku Finnish Theater
  • Stage set for S.O.S.
  • Cover of Spektrum magazine
  • Restaurant building at the Stockholm Exhibition
  • The cover of Tulenkantajat 7–8
  • General view of Minimum Apartment Exhibition
  • Minimum Dwelling at Minimum Apartment Exhibition
  • Illustration from Mensch und Kunstfigur
  • Notation of human movements and nervous system (above); dancing figure meshed with space (below)
  • Kitchen sections, Minimum Dwelling
  • The Geography of the Housing Question
  • Industry: A-Europe
  • Agriculture: B-Europe
  • Aerial views from The Geography of the Housing Question
  • Aerial views from The Geography of the Housing Question
  • Plan for the city of Tirgan
  • Paimio chair, details and elevations
  • Artek business card
  • Sunila Pulp Mill
  • Aerial view nr. 3560 of Sunila Pulp Mill from 1930s
  • Finland
  • Diagram showing the process of creating variations of a single-family house
  • Chart showing variability of a single-family house based on site conditions
  • Chart showing how a single Type A home responds to site conditions
  • Cover of Karjala Muistojen Maa (Carelia: Land of Memories)
  • Tampella House catalogue
  • Con Variazioni
  • V-shaped variant of the AA-House
  • Sketch for a summer house
  • A house in Kiestinki, Carelia
  • Cover of the AA-House catalogue of the A. Ahlström company
  • Kokemäki Joki Valley Plan
  • Lapua Forest Pavilion
  • Material study with wood, showing a twisted tree trunk
  • Material study showing lamination
  • Material study showing a laminated chair leg in the making
  • Holzstruktur
  • Textur: A 130-Year-Old American Man from Minnesota
  • Papier-fakturen (ein Material, verschiedene Werkzeuge) (Paper Fakturs [one material, different tools])
  • Reclining woman and the Paimio chair
  • Material study with laminated wood
  • Amphora
  • Eskimåerindens skinnbyxa
  • Sketch of the Savoy vase
  • Viipuri Library
  • Viipuri Library, section of the auditorium
  • Postcard to Alvar Alto
  • Finnish Pavilion at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et des Techniques Appliqués à la Vie Moderne
  • Axonometric plan of the Foreign Section on the Trocadéro
  • Photomurals depicting Finnish society displayed in Aalto's Finnish Pavilion at the Paris Exposition Internationale
  • Installation of furniture in the exhibition Architecture and Furniture: Aalto at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, with Paimio chairs hung on the wall
  • Chart, from jacket of Cubism and Abstract Art
  • Work by Aalto
  • Finnish Pavilion in the New York World's Fair
  • Finnish Pavilion in the New York World's Fair
  • Exhibition installation in the Finnish Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, detail
  • Finnish Pavilion, Paris Exposition Internationale
  • The cover of Le Pavillion Finlandais
  • The cover of Finland Builds
  • alvar aalto: systematic and structural reading
  • Pavia, San Lanfranco Housing Estate in Pavia
  • Encounter on a Village Street, Morocco
  • Rondo
  • Europe Being Divided into Eastern and Western Blocs, 1947
  • Hansaviertel apartment building
  • Hansaviertel apartment building, entrance area
  • Essen Opera House, Germany
  • House of Culture
  • Vuoksenniska Church
  • Rautatalo (Iron Building)
  • Rautatalo, skylit interior hall
  • President Gerald Ford Addresses the European Security Conference Summit at Finlandia House During a Morning Working Session, 15 August 1975
  • Finlandia House
  • Flame Monument to the Winter War
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Description: Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity, and Geopolitics
In this book I explore the geographic narratives and their geopolitical subtexts generated by the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and his mentors over a fifty-year period...
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National culture was a major theme in Aalto’s writings and architectural projects from the beginning of his career, in about 1920...
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Aalto decided to return to his hometown, Jyväskylä, the provincial capital of central Finland, in the fall of 1923, two years after his graduation...
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“Is Turku the Most Modern City in Finland?” asked the Helsinki-based literary magazine Tulenkantajat (The Torch Bearers) in 1930. Indeed, by the late 1920s the city, located in the southwestern corner of the country...
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During Aalto’s student years, Helsinki had little in common with the predominantly rural, Finnish-speaking inland territory...
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Despite all the talk about internationalization in the 1920s, the truth of the matter was that before the Second World War, Finland was still a remote and little-known corner of Europe...
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When Alvar Aalto started to engage in the discussion about urban and national planning in the early 1930s, the combination of the economic recession and the rise of the extreme right had diminished the prospects for architects...
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A postcard from Aalto to Walter Gropius (1883–1969) in October 1930 contained a curious reference to his countrymen: “We are eagerly looking forward to our ‘next visit with the Gropiuses...
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Foreign critics discovered Aalto in about 1930, when the Stockholm Exhibition drew attention to Scandinavia’s nascent modernist movement...
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With the highly political backdrop of Aalto’s career, life, architecture, and reception now forgotten, viewers see his architecture simply as exemplary of a softer, more human version of modernism...
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This book has placed Aalto and his architecture within the complex web of individual actions, discourse, geography, society, politics, and power...
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