Finland: Modern Architectures in History (Reaktion Books - by Roger Connah

By Roger Connah

Structures communicate volumes, not only approximately their occupants or vendors, yet concerning the nations during which they exist. From colonnades to paving stones, the structure of any construction does greater than easily date the structure—it celebrates the spirit of a humans and a nation.Roger Connah's most recent e-book, Finland, explores the tradition and democratic spirit of a rustic whose structures hold the indelible markings of Finland's political and actual weather. the majority of the country's structures have been developed after 1917, while Finland won its independence from Russia. The ensuing architecture—often springing from highly renowned public competitions—is emphatically democratic in constitution and utilization. Finland's severe northern latitudes, for his or her half, have given upward push to structures with an acute sensitivity to the actual atmosphere and to the fragile interaction of sunshine and shadow.From museums to high schools to sponsored housing advancements, Connah's Finland is a crucial survey of the country's structure. absolutely illustrated and with distinct examinations of a number of the Finnish grasp architects—including Alvar Aalto—it is additionally a important contribution to the experiences of contemporary structure and Nordic background. (20080201)

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7 Ekelund as educator, architect, polemicist, editor, planner, administrator and realist worked throughout his six-decade career to prove that the modern age in Finland was one coincidental with Finland’s own social and cultural development. Known from the early Helsinki Kunsthalle (1928) and Töölö Church (1930), he went right through the ‘functionalist’ break to the designs for the Olympic Village and later became well known for his housing projects in Maunula, Helsinki (1951–6), and Munkkivuori (1957–8).

Generally speaking, the questions of language placed no national or social limits on the bilingual educated class. Indeed it would be the Swedish-speaking Finns who carried through the awakening and created the staging ground for independence through art, music and architecture. 6 This is paralleled by the shift from country to town and the shape these influences had on the emerging architectural profession. At the beginning of the twentieth century 10 per cent of the population in Finland lived in towns.

7 Ekelund as educator, architect, polemicist, editor, planner, administrator and realist worked throughout his six-decade career to prove that the modern age in Finland was one coincidental with Finland’s own social and cultural development. Known from the early Helsinki Kunsthalle (1928) and Töölö Church (1930), he went right through the ‘functionalist’ break to the designs for the Olympic Village and later became well known for his housing projects in Maunula, Helsinki (1951–6), and Munkkivuori (1957–8).

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