After a brief introduction by Reyner Banham, Göran Schildt demonstrates Aalto’s interest in architectural research with examples from his buildings and writings. Aalto claimed that architects need laboratories in where to test ideas, and improve other ones. He shows examples of Aalto’s experiments with organic forms, bending and extruding wood.
Schildt discusses Aalto’s architectural ambitions. He argues that all of Aalto’s buildings are individual creations, designed exclusively for the specific clients and site. Schildt concludes the lecture by stating that Aalto is a mediator between the classical and modernist traditions.