THE SURVIVAL OF MODERN, FROM COFFEE CUP TO PLAN
The workshop looks at the campus from five scales and perspectives: general plan (1), space in between buildings (2), buildings (3), interiors (4) and details (5). The starting point for the workshop is the current state of the Aalto University Campus in Otaniemi, Espoo: needs for additional buildings, extensions, new uses, refurbishments, restorations and conservation. A basic question is: "How to maintain the integrity of the campus after major changes?" As background information for the workshop the current plans for the area will be presented to the participants.
The landscape and the natural environment, do they need improvement? Public transport, private cars and pedestrian traffic Are there possibilities for additional building in the area?
The importance of the green areas
How should new buildings be situated?
What does the "New School" for Art, Architecture and Design give the area?
Additions to existing Alvar Aalto buildings
The former Department of Mechanical Engineering as an example
Examples of empty plots for analyses
The subtle combination of
DOCOMOMO principles for treatment of important spaces?
New uses for old modern interiors
fabric and detailing
The authenticity of materials and surfaces
Treatment of Alvar Aalto details in changes
Aspects to be taken into consideration on all above levels:
Development strategies (Aalto facilities, Aalto university)
Usability of spaces
Important scenes and approaches
Challenges for building conservation vs. need for change
Inventories, evaluation, analyses, reading of the landscape and architecture
What's so special about Alvar Aalto?
all levels: weaknesses and strengths in the present state. Study and brainstorming
on new uses and their effects.
Material will be distributed to the participants before the workshop!
The first day will contain an introduction to all participants. The history of the Aalto campus and its building phases will be covered and an excursion will be made with field analyses. Winding up of the field analyses
Aug 3 - 6, 2012
Groupwork, lectures (maximum of 2 per day), Aug 4 and Aug 6 combined sessions with all the groups
Aug 7, 2012 Groups present their work
* Number of participants: 40 (mid career professionals, architects, landscape architects etc.)
* Participation fee is 100 € (it will be collected during the workshop)
* The Otaniemi campus is a topical issue at the moment (media)
* Facilities for the workshop in the Aalto campus
* The facility owner and the university staff will get new information on these aspects
* Background material: English translations of resources, maps, drawings