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Its A Beautiful Day: Alvar Aalto Design Seminar

July 11, 2007
by Canadian Architect

Its a beautiful day! Because I decide it is. Of course there is always someone who disagrees. It depends on how you look at things. I understand that today many things look like straight from the war days: Our cars look like tanks, our sofas look like bunkers. Security is a mega trend. Climate change is self-evident. Things from the past seem wonderfully safe and harmless to us. Lack of security may have deprived us of our faith in tomorrow. It feels easier to just cuddle up on the sofa and let it be. Yet I believe we can think for ourselves and decide whether the day is lousy or beautiful.

Entitled Its A Beautiful Day, this design seminar takes place in Jyvskyl, Finland from August 31-September 1, 2007. Internationally acclaimed designers, corporate leaders and scientists will gather to dissect issues of today and tomorrow. Can we influence the future through our own actions? Can we design something out of the blue? Can the combination of innovation and beauty help solve the problems of today’s world? Are we dependent of innovative and ethical businesses? Do we have to develop new technology in order to solve our problems? Or can we make do with what we already have? What would a humanitarian manifesto of all this be like? Can design influence tomorrow after all?

The seminar takes place at Jyvskyl University, which was designed by Alvar Aalto in 1954-55. Lecturers include: Adriaan Beukers, Professor of Composite Materials and Structures in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology; Louise Campbell, Louise Campbell Studio, Denmark; Dai Fujiwara, designer and Creative Director at Issey Miyake Inc., Japan; Hella Jongerius, designer, The Netherlands; Miguel Fluxa, manager and member of founding family of Camper shoes, Spain; and Ronan Bouroullec, industrial and furniture designer, France.

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