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The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

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First published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. For every new intake of students studying Pallasmaa s classic text, The Eyes of the Skin provides a totally fresh understanding of architecture and a new set of insights. This third edition is intended to meet students desire for a further understanding of the context of Pallasmaa s thinking by providing a new essay by architectural author and educator Peter MacKeith. This text combines both a biographical portrait of Pallasmaa and an outline of his architectural thinking. The new edition will includes a new preface by the internationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revised introduction by Pallasmaa himself.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781119941286
ISBN-10: 1119941288
Pagini: 130
Dimensiuni: 131 x 206 x 17 mm
Greutate: 0.26 kg
Ediția: 3rd Edition
Editura: Wiley
Locul publicării: Chichester, United Kingdom

Textul de pe ultima copertă

First published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. It asks the far–reaching question why, when there are five senses, has one single sense sight become so predominant in architectural culture and design? With the ascendancy of the digital and the all–pervasive use of the image electronically, it is a subject that has become all the more pressing and topical since the first edition s publication in the mid–1990s. Juhani Pallasmaa argues that the suppression of the other four sensory realms has led to the overall impoverishment of our built environment, often diminishing the emphasis on the spatial experience of a building and architecture s ability to inspire, engage and be wholly life enhancing. For every student studying Pallasmaa s classic text for the first time, The Eyes of the Skin is a revelation. It compellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architectural culture. This third edition meets readers desire for a further understanding of the context of Pallasmaa s thinking by providing a new essay by architectural author and educator Peter MacKeith. This text combines both a biographical portrait of Pallasmaa and an outline of his architectural thinking, its origins and its relationship to the wider context of Nordic and European thought, past and present. The focus of the essay is on the fundamental humanity, insight and sensitivity of Pallasmaa s approach to architecture, bringing him closer to the reader. This is illustrated by Pallasmaa s sketches and photographs of his own work. The new edition also provides a foreword by the internationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revised introduction by Pallasmaa himself.

Cuprins

FOREWORD Thin Ice by Steven Holl 6
INTRODUCTION Touching the World by 10
Juhani Pallasmaa
PART ONE
Vision and Knowledge 18
Critics of Ocularcentrism 22
The Narcissistic and Nihilistic Eye 24
Oral versus Visual Space 25
Retinal Architecture and the Loss of Plasticity 28
An Architecture of Visual Images 33
Materiality and Time 34
The Rejection of Alberti′s Window 37
A New Vision and Sensory Balance 40
PART TWO
The Body in the Centre 43
Multi–Sensory Experience 44
The Signifi cance of the Shadow 50
Acoustic Intimacy 53
Silence, Time and Solitude 55
Spaces of Scent 58
The Shape of Touch 60
The Taste of Stone 63
Images of Muscle and Bone 64
Images of Action 67
Bodily Identification 69
Mimesis of the Body 71
Spaces of Memory and Imagination 72
An Architecture of the Senses 75
The Task of Architecture 76
A DOOR HANDLE, A HANDSHAKE An introduction to Juhani Pallasmaa and his work by Peter MacKeith 78
NOTES 110
INDEX 123
PICTURE CREDITS 127

Notă biografică

Juhani Pallasmaa is one of Finland s most distinguished architects and architectural thinkers. His previous positions include: Rector of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki; Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki; and Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology. He has also held visiting professorships at several universities worldwide. Pallasmaa is the author/editor of over thirty books, including The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses (Academy, 1995 and John Wiley & Sons, 2005), The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) and The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture (John Wiley & Sons, 2011). Peter MacKeith is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St Louis. He has held academic positions and worked in design practices in both Finland and the United States, and has written and lectured extensively on Finnish and Nordic architecture.