Commencing in the autumn of 2009, the Hellenic Institute of Architecture will inaugurate a new chapter in its activities: an annual series of lectures and exhibitions on architecture around the world. These series will constitute themed entities, that seek to present contemporary architecture in countries with common features, whether these are geographical, linguistic, artistic, cultural or other.
The first series of lectures and exhibitions concerns Northern European countries, or, in the broader sense, the architecture of Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland). Following the ground-breaking historical figures in Scandinavian architecture (Aalto, Asplund, Saarinen, Jacobsen, Utzon), the current series will focus on the contemporary leaders in architecture in these northern countries. We will have the opportunity to follow as renowned Scandinavian architects analyse their oeuvre and we will discover the variety of approaches, design choices, linguistic idioms, technical solutions and relationships with the landscape that compose the palimpsest in one of the regions of the planet that is most privileged in the level of architectural quality development.