After a brief introduction by Reyner Banham, G?ran Schildt discusses Alvar Aalto as a mediator between the classical and the modernist traditions. Schildt presents texts written by Aalto, and demonstrates Aalto’s interest in architectural research with examples from Aalto’s work.
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After a brief introduction by Reyner Banham, G?ran Schildt discusses Aalto’s interest in research as illustrated by his proposal for MIT. According to Schildt, Aalto claimed that architects need laboratories to test ideas. He shows examples of Aalto’s experiments with organic forms, bending and extruding wood. He describes Aalto’s work as functional and aesthetic at the same time.
G?ran Schildt reads fragments written by Aalto relating to his architectural ambitions. Schildt claims that all of Aalto’s buildings are individual creations, and they are designed exclusively for the specific clients and site. Schildt concludes the lecture by stating that Aalto is a mediator between the classical and modernist traditions.
Gunnar Birkerts describes the U.S. embassy in Helsinki, Finland. He talks about the influence of Alvar Aalto in his work and how he admires Finnish culture. He calls the embassy a metaphor for a grander idea of culture and the embassy typology. He describes architecture as starting where words leave off.
Reyner Banham talks about Le Corbusier’s changing interest in the 1930s, abandoning the machine age aesthetic. Corbusier’s successors incorporate Gropius’s aesthetic and continue to explore modernity in the stagnant world economy of the 1930s. Banham makes this observation just before the clip abruptly cuts out.