3rd International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture, CALL FOR PAPERS

3rd International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture

Building - Designing - Thinking

August 30-31, 2008
Jyväskylä, Finland


In the introduction to his essay on architecture, Abbé Laugier claims that "
in those arts which are not purely mechanical it is not sufficient to know
how to work; it is above all important to learn to think." But how should
one then think about architecture, or rather, think in architecture? Is
there a specific architectural way of thinking, as opposed to, say, an art
historical way of looking at a building? Can design be a form of thinking?
Or does it all boil down to subjective taste?

The 3rd International Meeting on the Research of Modern Architecture,
organised by the Alvar Aalto Academy, examines the points of contact, the
influences and effects, the interactions and affiliations, the correlations
and cross-fertilisations, the bonds and links between thinking, designing,
and building.

Chaired by Kari Jormakka, the meeting takes place in August, 2008, in
Helsinki and Jyväskylä, Finland, bringing together practicing architects and
architectural pedagogues, philosophers and art historians, sociologists and
cultural theorists. In addition to presentations by distinguished invited
speakers, as

Farshid Moussavi, Foreign Office Architects, London, England / Harvard
University, Cambridge MA, USA

Bernard Cache, Objectile, Paris, France

Jane Rendell, Bartlett, London, England

Leslie Kavanaugh, TU Delft, The Netherlands

Kimmo Lapintie, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Gareth Griffiths, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Contributions are sought for five paper workshops.


Conference proceedings will be refereed and published.

oAbstracts of 250 words are due 4 February by email to the address
. Paper Format Guidelines will be sent upon   request
and upon receipt of abstract. (Referee advice will be progressively

oNotification of acceptance by 25 February. Drafts due 28 April.

oFinal deadline for completed and accepted papers (of 4000 words maximum)
are due 2 June by email to the address academy@alvaraalto.fi.


oAccepted papers will be published in a pre-conference publication.

oKeynote speaker presentations and selected papers will be published and
distributed after the conference.

Dates to Remember:

4 February 2008 Deadline for Abstracts

25 February 2008 Notification Acceptance Abstract. Invitation to Full Paper

28 April 2008 Deadline for Draft Papers

2 June 2008 Deadline for Final Papers

30-31 August 2008 International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture