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Type: Journal article
Title: Alvar Aalto and the expression of discontinuity
Author: Radford, A.
Oksala, T.
Citation: The Journal of Architecture, 2007; 12(3):257-280
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1360-2365
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Antony Radford, Tarkko Oksala
Abstract: We examine recurring patterns of discontinuity in the designs of the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto (1898-1976). Discontinuity expresses an ambiguous duality of incompletion (growth) and ruination (decay). We take examples from architecture, painting, sculpture, glassware, furniture, landscape and urban planning. We suggest that the typically fragmented skylines, voids and irregularity of Aalto's architecture all rely on the repeated use of a relatively economical (but infinitely elaborated) set of form-making strategies. Further, we argue that these same strategies of discontinuity and incompletion extend over all branches of his design work. Discontinuity echoes the essential nature of the human condition and is a reason for the continuing appeal of Aalto's work.
Rights: © 2008 Informa
RMID: 0020076456
DOI: 10.1080/13602360701469986
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