Quo Vadis Architectura? 8 - Nils Erik Wickberg lectures

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | C2 Toimitettu kirja, kokoomateos, konferenssijulkaisu tai lehden erikoisnumero
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The Department of Architecture at Aalto University has organized annual Nils Erik Wickberg lectures since 2005 to honour his legacy. Professor Wickberg was an architect, architectural historian, and multi-talented ideologist. This book comprises lectures from the 14th Symposium held in autumn 2018 on the theme of Quo Vadis Classicism? When considering the theme of the 2018 lectures, we tried to find a topic that touches on both the history of architecture and contemporary architectural design. In recent architecture, traces ofClassicism can once again be found. Classicism is usually associated with harmony, restraint, and adherence to the recognised principles of the form and style of ancient Greece or Rome. In recent student projects and competition entries by young architects, we can seesymmetrical facades, gable roofs, vertical windows, and other Classical features after a long period of Modernism. The Symposium Programme began with Professor Aino Niskanen’s introduction to the theme, and continued with Professor Vilhelm Helander’s presentation of C.L. Engel’s architecture in theEuropean context, after which Professor Simo Paavilainen spokeabout 1920s Nordic Classicism. Before the lunch break, we heard music from the Classical period, played by Tuija Hakkila on forte- piano and Mikael Helasvuo on flute. In the afternoon it was the turn of the young architects: Paul Thynell and Erkko Aarti, and finally, the keynote speaker, architect Johan Celsing from Sweden, gave an inspiring lecture entitled ´Plans, Metres. How the Work of Poets May Inform the Crafting of Buildings´. His poetry recitation made the event special. I hope that this publication stimulates new interpretations of Classical architecture and reminds us of the interesting lectures in October 2018 at Aalto Hall. Helsinki, November 24th 2020, Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Professor of Building Design, Head of Department of Architecture, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
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