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  • Enrollment has closed for the 2024 Summer Course and Conference, in Sweden and Finland, MB Nordic X. 

  • 20 of the most distinguished architects, scientists, educators and health professionals will teach and lecture in person, and we will focus on light (for the first time), in addition to architecture and interior design.

  • We will experience architecture by Alvar Aalto, Sigurd Lewerentz, Gunnar Asplund and Juhani Pallasmaa in multiple tours and sketching sessions. Tuition includes lectures, masterclasses, craft sessions and workshops.

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Step 1.  If you have already applied to MB Nordic X, thanks for filling out the Application Form. 

If you are a student, in order to be eligible to pay the students tuition, you will also be requested to submit proof of your student status (photo of your student ID or university letter, sent from your school email address). 

Applications will be approved or declined during November 15-30, 2023. We can provide an "invitation to present" to help you apply for outside funding, in addition to any scholarship you may qualify for. Scholarships are need-based.

Step 2. If your application is approved, you will be asked to submit a deposit of $480 to secure your spot in the course.

Step 3. You will have until mid-January 2024 to submit the remainder of your tuition. 

 TUITION*  (travel expenses are not included) 

  • Professionals:  $2400

  • Students:  $1800

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How to apply

MB Nordic X | August 12-24, 2024 

Enrollment has closed for the Summer Course and
Conference in Stockholm, Sweden and
Helsinki, Finland 

Decisions will be sent to all by December 1, 2023

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4th Edition of the MB Course and Conference in Neuroscience, Environmental Psychology and Architecture features lectures, masterclasses, design workshops and tours. Apply by Nov.15.


Stockholm, Sweden: August 12-19 and Helsinki, Finland: August 21-24 (travel by ferry on Aug.20) 


Course Topics include: Multisensory perception in architecture and design; dynamic experience; architectural atmospheres and mood; daylight; emotional, material and haptic qualities of light and color; circadian rhythms; ecology and restorative environments. Lectures are presented in a dialogical format by architects, scientists and biologists.

In the Nordic world of long summer days and equally long winter nights, place shapes space for its greatest architecture.  Here, the work of Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz in Sweden and Alvar Aalto in Finland, along with that of contemporary masters, as Juhani Pallasmaa, Juha Leiviska and others, defines a special, humanistic form of Modernism recognized early in the 20th century as a distinct counterpoint to the universality of the International Style.  It is an architecture rooted in Nordic traditions and local materials, responsive in a most compelling manner to the unique conditions of daylight near the Arctic Circle and the impacts of seasonal extremes.  It is one of carefully modulated light and of hapticity—truly an architecture of atmosphere, lending itself to investigations psychological, physiological, neural, and biological as well as architectural.  This 2024 edition of Moving Boundaries will explore the phenomenon of Nordic Architecture to uncover its paragons, lessons, and inspirations towards a more meaningful—that is to say, humane—architecture and design for the twenty-first century and beyond. 

MB Nordic X is organized around two major themes, Ecologies of Light in Space and Interweaving the Senses, each of which explores one particular aspect every day.  The program begins Monday, August 12th in Stockholm, the cosmopolitan capital of Sweden, with its rich history of outstanding Modern architecture, urbanism, and design.  Light is the topic and following the first day’s Introduction to Light and Human Biology, the activities of this first week examine distinctive aspects of light in space:  perception, psychologies, and science.  Lectures by a distinguished roster of architects, designers, lighting experts, scientists and health professionals are augmented with workshops and afternoon tours to Gunnar Asplund’s influential Stockholm Public Library, the beautiful Woodland Cemetery of Asplund and Lewerentz, and other sights.  Ecologies of Light and Space concludes with a full-day field trip in the Stockholm Archipelago.

The second theme, Interweaving the Senses, initiates the events beginning Sunday, August 18th as the program nears the end of its Stockholm residency.  Sensing Light and Color in Architecture, followed by Atmosphere and Experience, are the first topics, explored in lectures and workshops.  On August 20 Moving Boundaries sails—literally, on the night ferry—out of Stockholm Harbor for Finland’s capital and largest city, Helsinki.  Over the next three days emotional, material, and haptic qualities of light and color are considered in talks by globally-recognized speakers and in workshops and tours.  Helsinki provides a rich source of Alvar Aalto’s work, from his house and studio to major commercial and civic designs, where his mastery of what has come to be called “multisensory design” is on full, magnificent display. In addition to Aalto, we experience influential work by Juhani Pallasmaa and Juha Leiviska. Moving Boundaries Nordic X ends on Saturday, August 24th by summarizing and interweaving themes, in panel discussions and interactive sessions with participants. 

Participants will come away from this engaging and inspiring two weeks with a new appreciation for the very fundamentals of healthy, humane design:  light and daylight, time, color, materiality, and atmosphere.

FACULTY (roster is subject to change): Juhani Pallasmaa, Sarah Robinson, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Galen Cranz, Kurt Hunker, Mark Hewitt, Tonino Griffero, Sarah Williams Goldhagen (remote), Satchin Panda, Kate Jeffery, Jennifer Roe, Tatiana Berger, Ute Besenecker, Johanna Enger, Eve Edelstein, Claudia Kappl-Joy, Per Johansson, Anya Hurlbert, Arne Lowden, Katharina Wulff, David Dorenbaum, Johan Orn, Jonas Kjellander, Rodrigo Muro and others. 

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