Aalto and America
Edited by Stanford Anderson, Gail Fenske, and David Fixler
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012
Most of people know of Baker House, the dormitory that Aalto designed after WWII but few know of the extended interaction between Aalto and the United States. Beginning with a first visit in 1938 – one of three before the onset of war – he returns some twelve times after 1945 to teach and lecture as well as to design. This continued interaction is documented in all its aspects in this recent publication. This compilation of essays co-edited by Stanford Anderson, Gail Fenske and David Fixler contains contributions from American and European scholars and architects. The book sheds a new light on the importance of Aalto in the story of European modernism but also on his influence in America and America’s impact on him.