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Buildings speak volumes, not just about their occupants or owners, but about the countries in which they exist. From colonnades to paving stones, the architecture of any building does more than simply date the structure—it celebrates the spirit of a people and a nation.
Roger Connah's latest book, Finland, explores the culture and democratic spirit of a country whose buildings carry the indelible markings of Finland's political and physical climate. Nearly all of the country's buildings were constructed after 1917, when Finland gained its independence from Russia. The resulting architecture—often springing from hugely popular public competitions—is emphatically democratic in structure and usage. Finland's extreme northern latitudes, for their part, have given rise to buildings with an acute sensitivity to the physical environment and to the delicate interplay of light and shadow.
From museums to schools to subsidized housing developments, Connah's Finland is an important survey of the country's architecture. Fully illustrated and with detailed examinations of many of the Finnish master architects—including Alvar Aalto—it is also a valuable contribution to the studies of modern architecture and Nordic history.
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Roger Connah has taught in Helsinki and Stockholm and has recently been visiting professor at the University of Texas, Arlington. His previous publications include Writing Architecture; K/K: A Couple of Finns and Some Donald Ducks; Aaltomania; and 40/40: Young Architects from Finland.
"In Finland, Roger Connah assumes the architectural historian's most arduous challenge: He examines a sweeping panorama of a nation's cultural and political currents and shows how these helped shape architectural creativity. The broadly erudite Connah details the complex and often-paradoxical struggles faced by generations of architects whose designs mirrored a shifting sense of Finnish identity. . . . Nearly 200 small but sharply focused halftones invite further investigation of modern Finnish architecture, an invitation amplified by the author's lyrical prose."(Norman Weinstein Architectural Record 2008-02-01)
"Finland is the necessary critical examination of the evolution of modernism in Finnish architecture with its essential role in shaping national identity. Connah’s systematic interweaving of the political, social, cultural, and artistic milieux transforms the narrative into an engaging journey over Finland’s twentieth-century architectural landscape and its emergence as a modern nation."(Journal of Scandinavian Studies 2006-11-01)
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Book Description Reaktion Books, United Kingdom, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. From as early as 1900 Finland, at that time ruled by Russia, was to see in architecture a political and social vehicle. Modern architecture, with the promises it held for social change and hopes for technological progress, was to become a cultural phenomenon over the course of the twentieth century. This book explores the shape of architecture from Finland s independence in 1917 until the present day, and how the modern agenda became a blueprint to advance the nation s society and define its identity. Roger Connah assesses the work of well-known heroes of Finnish architecture, such as: Reima Pietila, Juha Leiviska and modern master Alvar Aalto, as well as many other less familiar figures whose contribution is little known outside Finland. He discusses developments in architecture in relation to the culture and politics of the new independent Finland, as well as parallel movements in the arts, and also surveys the early part of the century, as Finland came into its own as a new nation state. He examines the rationalised developments of the 1930s, the organic and vernacular tendencies of modern architecture, and how some of modernism s devices were combined with a particular Nordic sensibility. He also looks at the reconstruction and urbanisation of the post-war years, the use of industrial building methods and prefabricated materials, the golden age of Finnish modernism in the 1950s, and the developments thereafter. Connah also considers how architecture has been publicised in magazines, galleries and through exhibitions. By the end of the twentieth century Finland had transformed itself into a modern industrial economy at the cutting edge of the world, and its buildings continue to be regarded as exemplary modern works. Roger Connah assesses Finnish modern architecture s relation to the broader cultural and political conditions of Finland and modernity at large, making this study crucial to our understanding of Finland s place in architecture and in culture today. Seller Inventory # BTE9781861892508
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