Juhani Pallasmaa on Humane Cities, Monumental Architecture, and the Architect's Role in Society

Juhani Pallasmaa on Humane Cities, Monumental Architecture, and the Architect's Role in Society

By Erika Heet
The Finnish architect and international thought leader muses on cities, the impulse to construct, and the poetry of buildings.

After more than 40 years of working in the field, Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa recently closed his independent practice. A prolific author, essayist, professor, critic, and former museum director, he’s since focused his creative energy on teaching and writing about architecture. We caught up with the polymath ahead of a guest lecture at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego to discuss what’s on his mind.

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