Lecture Series: Panu Savolainen

Northern Vernacular – the past and the future. Energy, comfort and creativity in the historic vernacular architecture of Fennoscandia.

Date: Wednesday 16th November 2022, 1.00pm Reilly Room 

Introduced by Dr Barnabas Calder

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The Nordic countries and Fennoscandia experience temperatures varying from +30 to -40. Vernacular architecture is a testimony for thousands of years how heating, cooling and comfort of living has been solved through creative solutions in the everyday life and architecture. The lecture gives an overview of the vernacular architecture of Fennoscandia focusing especially in the questions of energy and comfort. Furthermore, the use of historic vernacular architecture as a source for today's and tomorrow's architecture will be discussed based on a research project Zero Arctic (2018–2020).

Biography: Panu Savolainen, Aalto University in Finland

Panu Savolainen is an architect and historian and professor (tenure track) of history of architecture and architectural conservation at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland). He earned his MA in Architecture from Helsinki University of Techonology, MA in archaeology and history from University of Turku and PhD in history from University of Turku. He is currently specializing in medieval archaeology and 20th century suburbs but his earlier research has focused on 18th and 19th century Turku and urban history. Savolainen has authored seven books, including a children’s book, and over 30 scholarly articles. He has also worked as a practicing architect, including housing design, urban planning and ruin conservation.