Dr Timo Koho’s book from 1995 Alvar Aalto Urban Finland discusses the ways in which Aalto’s urban design principles show up in his works around Finland. The book introduces 11 areas from the 1920s to the 1970s: administrative and cultural centres, universities, office buildings and suburbs. The contents deal with Jyväskylä in the 1920s, the era of Functionalism, the Sunila suburb, the Otaniemi university campus, the Seinäjoki town centre, the university of Jyväskylä, the Korkalovaara housing are, the civic buildings in Rovaniemi, the Finlandia Hall, and Jyväskylä and Aalto’s last ideas.
The book is richly illustrated with photographs by Timo Koho taken in 1996 and 1997. The author brings out a new angle towards Aalto: a contradictory and continually reforming designer genius, who in all his individuality was one of the stoutest defenders of the values of the man in the street. Timo Koho (b. 1957) is a widely published scholar of 20th-century Finnish architecture best know from his work on architect Reima Pietilä.
The copy for sale is in good condition. The edges of the covers show some wear, but the pages are clean and tidy.