Like Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto continues to generate interest among different generations of architects, curators, and historians. A comparison of the publication industry supported by these key figures of twentieth-century architecture by way of a search of "title keywords" in the Harvard Hollis Catalog yields 812 hits for Le Corbusier, 486 for Frank Lloyd Wright, 152 for Mies van der Rohe, and 139 for Alvar Aalto. Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen's study Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity, and Geopolitics, is among the most recent and worthwhile additions to the Hollis catalog because it fills a number of voids in Aalto scholarship (Figure 1).

With the help of archival correspondence, published essays, and design work, Pelkonen constructs a much more complete and nuanced intellectual biography of Aalto than has been done before. Pelkonen's study, the...

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