The Hjelt Lecture Series

The main initiative of the lecture series is to offer an international approach to the Finnish art scene by presenting speakers with various views on the topic of art. The lecture series are open to the public, from art enthusiasts, students and professors, to collectors, gallerists and other professionals within the field.

Humanitarian Architecture – Disasters, Development and Design Responsibility

Time: 21 and 22 November 2018
Venues: Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki and Migration Institute of Finland, Turku

Esther Charlesworth is a Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University and Director of the Humanitarian Architecture Research Lab [HARB].

‘Humanitarian Architecture ’ is a collective belief that through a consultative process of spatial problem solving, the design profession can contribute in a significant way to the complex challenge of rebuilding a city and its community, following the event of a natural disaster.

Esther Charlesworth’s lecture explored her journey into humanitarian architecture over the last two decades and explored how she has merged theory and practice during her career in the establishment of Australia’s first design not for profit agency – Architects Without Frontiers.

Professor Charlesworth is the founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (AWF). Since 2002, AWF has undertaken over 42 health, education and social infrastructure projects in 12 countries for vulnerable communities, and has been described by ABC radio broadcaster Phillip Adams as ‘destined to develop into one of the greater forces of good on this battered planet ’.

At RMIT, Charlesworth is the Academic Director of Master of Disaster, Design and Development degree [MoDDD]. Since 1990 she has worked in the public and private sectors of architecture and urban design in Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Boston and has published seven books on the theme of social justice and architecture, including: ‘Divided Cities ‘ (2009), ‘Humanitarian Architecture ’ (2014) and ‘Sustainable Housing Reconstruction ’ (2015).

The lectures were organised by the Department of Architecture at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the Museum of Finnish Architecture as part of the Interplay of Cultures program, and in collaboration with the Migration Institute of Finland and the Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation.

Can architecture build a better world?

Interplay of Cultures – the Museum of Finnish Architecture’s leading autumn exhibition – celebrates the 25th anniversary of education in global sustainability and humanitarian development at Aalto University, while also raising concern regarding the current state of world affairs.

The exhibition 
Interplay of Cultures is on until February 24, 2019 at the Museum of Finnish Architecture.

Säynätsalo Talks | Rethinking Säynätsalo Town Hall

Time: 28 May 2018 at 15.00
Venue: Säynätsalo Town Hall, Council Chamber, Säynätsalo

In the fall of 2017, eleven Master of Architecture students from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design travelled to Finland with professor Toshiko Mori, to conduct research on the Säynätsalo Town Hall and the work of Alvar Aalto.

Harvard MArch

Photographer: Toshiko Mori

They spent the semester contemplating the future role of a town hall that had lost its original programmatic and symbolic functions due to the redistricting of regional townships.

In these talks professor Toshiko Mori discussed the working process and key findings of the architecture studio. Florence Lam and Benjamin Hayes, Master’s Students in Architecture, presented their fresh views on the future of the Säynätsalo Town Hall.

The Rethinking Säynätsalo Town Hall talks included a poster exhibition at the Säynätsalo Town Hall.

Detailed program
Facebook: Säynätsalo Talks

The Talks are organised by Hjelt Art Foundation in collaboration with Alvar Aalto Foundation, ArtekCity of Jyväskylä and Tavolo Bianco Oy.

Artek Talks Rethinking Säynätsalo Town Hall by Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Time: May 29, 2018 
Artek Helsinki Store, Helsinki

Professor Toshiko Mori discussed the working process and key findings of the architecture studio. Florence Lam and Benjamin Hayes, Master’s Students in Architecture, presented their fresh views on the future of the Säynätsalo Town Hall.

Opening of the Rethinking Säynätsalo Town Hall exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at the Artek Helsinki Store until mid-June.

Architecture in the Future in Cities – Towards New

Time: November 8 and 9, 2017
Venues: The Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki and Brinkkala Mansion, Turku

Photographer: Victoria Monjo

What is the role of art in exploring the possibilities of new buildings? Can museums shape the way we experience art? Can architecture add to the learning experience in schools? What will the cities of the future look like? How can architects and citizens together shape our future cities?

Designing a museum or a school is an exciting architectural challenge. In this talk the Finnish architect Eero Lundén outlined some of the architectural challenges in designing public buildings, transport hubs and visions for cities, described his methods and working processes, and provided examples of architecture and urban design for the future within and beyond Finland.

Eero Lundén (b.1982) is an architect FRSA and the founder of Lundén Architecture Company based in Helsinki. The office is focused on researching the possibilities of new technologies and cross-disciplinary cooperation in creating new visionary buildings and urban environments.

The talks were organised in collaboration with the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Bryggman Institute.