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Italian-Finnish thoughts on creativity: Juhani Pallasmaa in Milan

Juhani Pallasmaa, La Mano che Pensa, Safarà Editore 2014. Photo: Arianna Callocchia.Arianna Callocchia reports on Juhani Pallasmaa in Milan, Italy where the new Italian translation of The Thinking Hand (2009; La Mano che Pensa, Safarà Editore 2014) and the exhibition Studies in Silence has focused much attention.

Italian-Finnish thoughts on creativity

The architect and theorist Juhani Pallasmaa has returned once again to Italy as a guest speaker and the protagonist of a public meeting.Photo: Claudia Castaldi. It was held on February 26th 2014, in the Italian design capital of Milan; the renowned Finnish creative was joined by Fulvio Irace, a lecturer at the Milan Polytechnic and Antonello Alici, architect and architecture historian at the Marche Polytechnic.

The meeting was attended by an enthusiastic audience of Milanese architects, students and university lecturers who were delighted to welcome architect Pallasmaa to their city. One of the key events of the meeting was the Italian preview of the book “The Thinking Hand”.

Photo: Claudia Castaldi.

The inauguration of the small exhibition “Studies in Silence”, dedicated to ‘doing and experimenting’, took place that same evening. Open to the public until March 22nd, it presents some of Pallasmaa’s most important graphic projects, designs, urban furnishing and architecture, illustrated with a series of vertical PVC banners suspended from the ceiling.

The host venue for the event was the design store Valcucine Milano Brera, and not an institutional or museum facility. The store is well-known in the city and has an excellent reputation for its exciting program of events and for the Eco Bookshop Valcucine, opened in 2010 to promote the culture of sustainability. The bookshop offers the Italian and international communities a selection of books dedicated to ecology, bio-architecture, sustainable design and the ethics applied to our social and environmental context.

Sustainability and ecology were the themes used in this Italian-Finnish initiative to connect architecture, design and philosophy and creatively promote a world that should be more attentive to the needs of the human race and of the environment.

Juhani Pallasmaa, a man from the extreme north, who has a dynamic cosmopolitan personality and is deeply in love with Italy.

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