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September 21, 2010
Distinguished architects and critics from Finland and Canada speak at Revell/Toronto/Helsinki Symposium
On Thursday evening at City Hall the Revell/Toronto/Helsinki symposium will explore the impact of Finnish architecture and the cultural exchange between two great Northern countries and the powerful significance of the City Hall design competition, then and now.

The distinguished speakers are:
• Tuula Revell, architect and daughter of Viljo Revell, in conversation with Lisa Rochon, The Globe and Mail Architecture Critic and author of “Up North, Where Canada’s Architecture Meets the Land”.
• Juhani Pallasmaa, Principal of Juhani Pallasmaa Architects, Helsinki; Professor and Dean, Helsinki University of Technology (1991-97); Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978-83). Pallasmaa is a Finnish architect, lecturer and author of thirty books. He will speak on "Revell, Across a Lifetime of Architecture".
• Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture, author of “Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity and Geopolitics” and “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” (co-edited by Donald Albrecht) will speak on "Exporting Finnish Architecture".
• Brigitte Shim, Associate Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, and principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, will speak on "Designing Across the North: To Finland, and Back Again".

The event on Sept. 23 will be held in the City Hall Council Chamber from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available between 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Members’ Lounge, which is in the Council Chamber.

Urban designer Ken Greenberg, architect Donald Chong and public art consultant Karen Mills will introduce the guest speakers. There will also be a discussion on Nathan Phillips Square, its original design and its 21st-century transformation with design partners of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization: Christopher Pommer, partner, PLANT Architect Inc. and Andrew Frontini, principal, Shore Tilbe Perkins + Will.

Support for the events has been generously provided by: The McLean Foundation, Embassy of Finland, Ottawa, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Yabu Pushelberg, Zeidler Partnership Architects, Shore Tilbe Perkins + Will, Diamante/Hon Kwok, Hong Kong, Architects Alliance, ERA Architects Inc., Finlandia Vodka, Hahn Smith Design, Neste Oil, NORR Limited, PCL Constructors Canada Ltd., Cecconi Simone, Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects, Finnish Credit Union Limited, Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd., Somerset Graphics Co. Ltd., Tye and Eileen Farrow Partnership, Mitchell Cohen.

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Media contacts:
Karen Teeple, City Archivist, 416-397-7393,
Margo Welch, Executive Director, Toronto Society of Architects
Lisa Rochon, Architecture Critic, The Globe and Mail,



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