Transcultural Architecture: Raili and Reima Pietilä, Kuwait and the restoration of their architecture

Aalto University, Lecture Hall U6, Otakaari 1, Otaniemi, Espoo 21.11.2018 14.00 - 17.00

Join us on Wednesday November 21, 2018, for an afternoon seminar on the work of Finnish architects Raili and Reima Pietilä in Kuwait, as well as the restoration of their works in Finland and India. The talks and discussions will be in English, and no pre-registration is necessary.

The half-day seminar stems from the work of Thorsten Botz-Bornstein, who has followed the fate of the Pietiläs’ Ministry Building in Kuwait in his book “Transcultural Architecture” (2017). In parallel with the seminar, a small exhibition of Professor Botz-Bornstein’s photos of the fate of the Pietilä’s Ministry Building in Kuwait is on display at Otakaari 1, 2nd floor lobby, 21-30.11.2018.

Programme:

14.00 Opening of the seminar
14.05 Introduction: Raili and Reima Pietilä in Kuwait – Professor emerita Aino Niskanen
14.30 Science fiction on the Gulf – The Pietiläs’ concept plan for Kuwait – Architect Kristo Vesikansa
15.00 Transcultural architecture: Finland in Kuwait – Professor Thorsten Botz-Bornstein
16.00 Restoring the architecture of Raili and Reimä Pietilä – Architect Samuli Woolston
16.30 Discussion
17.00 Opening of the photo exhibition: Transcultural Architecture: The fate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kuwait, by Raili and Reima Pietilä, 1985-2018

The seminar is organized by the Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait, in cooperation with the Department of Architecture, Aalto University.

All welcome!
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