This book examines the work of three seminal Nordic architects - Alvar Aalto, Jorn Utzon and Sverre Fehn - from a phenomenological perspective, utilising the methodology of 'paradigm' (or 'in the manner of''). Roger Tyrrell explains how the approach of each architect is defined by the three sub-frames of the paradigm: that of the `origin' (arche), that of `revealing' (techne), and that of `the poetic conjunction', in order to gain a holistic understanding of the experiential or phenomenological predisposition of the three architects. Using this method the author describes the commonalties and distinctive qualities of the architecture and design methods of Aalto, Utzon and Fehn. The final chapter projects the intellectual heritage of the three protagonists into the contemporary world, examining the work of practices from the UK, Norway and the USA that each extend this particular way of making place.
Roger Tyrrell is a principal lecturer in architecture at the University of Portsmouth, School of Architecture, UK, an adjunct associate professor in architecture at the University of Aalborg in Denmark, and co-director of the Jorn Utzon Research Network. Roger is also the director of CHORA (www.chora.uk.com), an international consultancy company that strives to reconnect academia with creative practice.
Foreword Juhani Pallasmaa. Preface. 1. Of Beneath the Table. 2. Of Phenomenology and Paradigm. 3. Alvar Aalto - The Sophisticated Shaman. 4. Jorn Utzon - The Theoroi. 5. Sverre Fehn - The Storyteller. 6. Of Commonalities, Distinctions, and Speculations. Notes. Index.