Pelkonen proposes a dramatically different interpretation of Aalto’s oeuvre. With an unprecedented focus on architect’s own writings, library and critical reception, Pelkonen also considers the geographic and geopolitical narratives found in Aalto’s writings. These include ideas about national style and national cultural revival, and about how architecture can foster cosmopolitanism, internationalism and regionalism. Expanding the canonical reading of Aalto, this work promises to influence future inquiries on Aalto for generations to come.
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen is assistant professor and chair of the Master of Architectural Design Program at the School of Architecture at Yale University.