All posts tagged buckminster fuller

HDL Global Yrjö Sotamaa's reflections on HDL Global 1968

For Yrjö Sotamaa, being able to visualize ideas, think on a global scale, and bind together different kinds of expertise is an inspiring mix of capabilities that design offers to the world. As he mentions, these competencies are just as important today as they were 40 years ago, which is why we're excited about continuing the discussion at HDL Global 2010.

This was the spirit championed at HDL Global 1968, which Yrjö organized with four other colleagues, including Juhani Pallasmaa and Jaakko Ihamuotila. In this video interview, I met with Yrjö at his home outside of Helsinki to discuss the 1968 event, its lasting impact, and the friendships it fostered between people such as Buckminster Fuller, Victor Ppanek, and Marimekko-founder Armi Ratia.


HDL Global Juhani Pallasmaa's reflections on HDL Global 1968

In addition to being a prolific author, Juhani Pallasmaa is one of Finland's most prominent living architects and he also happens to have been one of the organizers of HDL Global 1968. In this video interview, Marco Steinberg met with Juhani in his home to talk about the state of the world and design's role in the 1960s and 1970s.

As we near HDL Global 2010, it's fascinating to look back at these historical roots and see how things have both changed immensely and stayed the same. Next wednesday have another interview coming up, this time featuring Jaakko Ihamuotila.