Alvar Aalto: Das Gesamtwerk – L’øuvre complète – The Complete Work (1970, ed. Karl Fleig) is the complete box set of three volumes showcasing Alvar Aalto’s whole architectural career. Volume 1 covers Aalto’s early years until 1960; Volume 2 covers years 1963–1970; and Volume 3 focuses on smaller projects (such as the Muuratsalo motor boat) and the final buildings (such as Villa Schildt). Alvar Aalto’s complete works are presented with black-and-white photographs and architectural drawings accompanied by analytical texts. The introductions have been written by Göran Schildt.
Human error is a part of human life everywhere, in all its forms. In absolutely precise computations there is just as much human error as in earlier systems based on belief and feeling. Therefore it is just as important to take human error into account as in former times. We are unable to express in percentages how great the share of human error is in our present-day projects, but it is hardly probable that it is greater or smaller than in earlier times. For this reason we have to be extremely cautious: Precise computation is no more certain than belief or a dream but we must try by means of more exact analyses to prevent the harmful effects of human error. It is not an easy job to correct a human mistake, since human error apparently represents a constant phenomenon which cannot be evaded (…)
Thus the endeavour to avoid human error with the aid of computations is a kind of helplessness, a form of preventive apology, by which we seek to turn the feeling of insecurity into absolute security or into a kind of truth.
– Alvar Aalto, Human error. In Alvar Aalto: Das Gesamtwerk – L’øuvre complète – The Complete Work (1970, ed. Karl Fleig), Volume 3, p. 13
The texts are in French, English and German.
Our copy of this highly valued classic currently in stock is in good condition. The volumes are in great shape; the only visible fault is the slight fading on the spine of the dust jacket. The box has a narrow and hardly visible fading stripe and its sides show some signs of shelf wear.
Please also check out the individual volumes that we have in our catalogue: Alvar Aalto: Volume 1 of the Complete Work, 1922–1962; and Alvar Aalto: Volume 2 of the Complete Works, 1963–1970.