4th October 2018 (Thursday), 17h00, Fernando Távora Auditorium – FAUP

Juhani Pallasmaa, Architect, Professor Emeritus of the Helsinki University of Technology, is one of the guest speakers of the session ‘Building Views on the Legacy of Alvar Aalto’, that will take place on the afternoon of 4th October, starting at 17h00.

4th October 2018 (Thursday), 17h00, Fernando Távora Auditorium – FAUP

17h00 — The work and legacy of Alvar Aalto within the context of the Architecture of Porto
presentations by Helder Casal Ribeiro and Manuel Mendes

18h00 — Presentation of the documentary ‘Villa Mairea: a house under the pines’
(Rax Rinnekangas / Juhani Pallasmaa, Fundação Villa Mairea: 2008)

18h30 — Juhani Pallasmaa, conference ‘Alvar Aalto’s Synthetic Rationality’
presentation by Pedro Borges de Araújo


This conference will be spoken in english with no translation.

The documentary will be exhibited in english with no translation.

Free entrance.

Programme might be altered (without previus warning).


Juhani Pallasmaa (b. 1936), architect, professor emeritus, Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University), Helsinki. He has practiced architectural design since 1962, first collaborating with other architects, and in 1983-2012 through his own office Juhani Pallasmaa Architects in Helsinki. In addition to his design practice, he has held positions, such as Rector of the Institute of Industrial Design, Helsinki (1970-72), Associate Professor at the Haile Sellassie I University, Addis Abeba (1972-74), Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978-83), State Artist Professor (1983-88), and Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology (1991-1997). He has had several visiting professorships in the USA since 1994, at Yale University, Washington University in St Louis, University of Virginia, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and the Catholic University of America in Washington DC. He has also taught and lectured in numerous other universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. He has served as member of several doctoral committees and as an opponent at dissertations in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Chile. He has also been member of numerous juries in planning, architecture, product design and art competitions in Finland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russian, Peru and Australia. Pallasmaa has published over 60 books and 400 essays, and his writings have been translated into 36 languages. His best known books are: Encounters: Architectural Essays 1 (2005) and 2 (2012), Understanding Architecture (2012)(in collaboration with Robert McCarter), The Embodied Image (2011), The Thinking Hand (2009), The Architecture of Image: existential space in cinema (1998), The Eyes of the Skin (1995 and 2012), Animal Architecture (1995). He is honorary member of SAFA, AIA and RIBA, Academician of the International Academy of Architecture, and has received several Finnish and international awards and prizes, as well as five Honorary Doctorates in Finland, Estonia, USA and Romania.


Building Views

The minimalist window has known a remarkable success for nearly two decades, pursuing and extending the legacy of a major icon of Modern Architecture — the horizontal sliding window and the glass window/wall. This system allows the use of large surfaces of glass and the reduction of the frame to its minimal expression, pursuing the aims of transparency and immateriality of many modern architects.

The project Building Views seeks to trace the history of the minimalist window, identifying the technological and architectural achievements since the beginning of the 20th century as well as the challenges this system faces today. The book Building Views (Carlos Machado e Moura ed., Circo de Ideias, 2017) reveals over 20 recent works by Jofebar, a thirty-year-old company in the field of metalworking, structural glass and minimalist windows through its brand panoramah!®, and includes over thirty original texts by different international authors, including architects, critics, photographers, writers, entrepreneurs and academics.



Building Views Talks

The first Building Views Talk was devoted to the legacy of Richard Neutra and took place on the 20th November 2017 at Jofebar Showroom, Matosinhos (Portugal), with the presence of Dion Neutra, Raymond Neutra, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Jorge Figueira and Carlos Machado e Moura. The second session, ‘Building Views on Portuguese Architecture’ took place at the 25th May 2018 at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice (Italy), during the opening of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. It had the participation of Ana Vaz Milheiro, Jorge Figueira, José Miguel Rodrigues, Nuno Grande, Nuno Brandão Costa and Carlos Machado e Moura. ‘Building Views on the Legacy of Alvar Aalto’ is the this session of the series.




Jofebar | panoramah!®

Graphics developed by Ana Resende and Raquel Rei.

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