Juhani Pallasmaa's illustrious career includes e.g. following positions: Formerly State Artist Professor (1984-89), Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978-83), Associate Professor at the Haile Selassie University, Addis Ababa (1972-74), Director of the Department of Exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1968-72, 1974-83), Rector of the College of Crafts and Design (70-72), Visiting Professor in several universities abroad including Yale University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Virginia, and the University of Illinois, Champaign.

Juhani Pallasmaa - photographer Arto Liiti - Rovaniemen city
Juhani Pallasmaa - photographer Arto Liiti - Rovaniemen city

Professor Pallasmaa has been engaged in the architectural, product and graphic design and town planning since the beginning of the 1960's and runs his own architect's office in Helsinki.
Juhani Pallasmaa is also an editor of several books and has written over 30 books and over 300 essays, published in over 30 languages. His most important works are: The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture (2011), The Thinking Handbook: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture (2009), Encounters - Architectural Essays (2005), The Architecture of Image - Existential Space in Cinema (2001), The Eyes of the Skin (1996, 2005) and Animal Architecture (1995).

Architecture and Time - Dialogues in Material and Time. Relatio Artis -seminar 26.05.2011

Korundi Hall photo©Helsingin Sanomat.
Korundi Hall photo©Helsingin Sanomat

Professor Pallasmaa’s speech Architecture and Time - Dialogues in Material and Time focused on architectural collages and the holistic view of architecture, according to which architecture is not only a sum of its parts but a comprehensive experience, that sets the tone for social encounters and creates an atmosphere.

Collage and montage are frequently used in contemporary art and movies. Even though architecture is usually perceived as a designed and implemented work, which is dominated by the designer’s aesthetics, collage works combining several time layers, themes and details also exist. According to Pallasmaa architectural collages bring narration to the buildings. References to the past experience give promise of the future life:

"In particular, the renovation and reuse of buildings highlight the dialogue between different time periods and styles. Many modern and contemporary masters of architecture, such as Carlo Scarpa and Sverre Fehn, have used the collage technique in their renovation designs. Alvar Aalto also sought to create a layered look by introducing ruins or other references to antique culture. Villa Mairea and Aalto's Experimental House Muuratsalo are the most obvious collage works of Aalto. Also, many of today's hailed architects, such as Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield have designed architectural collages."

Korundi main entrance - photo©Helsingin Sanomat - on the left and in the center is the old bus depot, right-Korundi Hall
Korundi main entrance - photo©Helsingin Sanomat - on the left and in the center is the old bus depot, right-Korundi Hall

Already 18 years ago, when designing the renovation of the Rovaniemi Art Museum, Professor Pallasmaa had the idea of using architectural collage. Since then, he has occasionally returned to this technology and designed collage-like details. Designing the new House of Culture Korundi Pallasmaa deliberately left many traces of the original essence of the building and its use as a bus depot.

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