This Datutop issue titled The Use and Abuse of Paper – Essays on Alvar Aalto examines Aalto’s works from a theoretical viewpoint. The book contains six essays that discuss Aalto’s approach to materials, the site, nature, free form, and humanity.
The essays elaborate in more detail five particular buildings: Villa Maire in Noormarkku, Finland; the Baker House Dormitory in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the House of Culture in Helsinki, Finland; the Mount Angel Library in St. Benedict, Oregon; and the Riola Church at Riola, Italy. The authors are Kari Jormakka, Jacqueline Gargus, and Douglas Graf.
The title – The Use and Abuse of Paper – ironizes the famous quote “God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it; Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper” which was in one of Aalto’s articles in Arkkitehti, the Finnish Architectural Review, in 1958. Datutop 20 was published in 1999 and it honours the 30th anniversary of the Department of Architecture at the Tampere University of Technology.
The Datutop series has been published by the Tampere University of Technology, Department of Architecture since 1982.
Our copy in stock is in nice condition. There is some shelf wear on the covers, but the pages are tidy and the glueing of the binding is fine. The previous owner has signed the book on its front page.