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Architecture and the Senses.

Homogeneous bright light paralyses the imagination in the same way that homogenization of space weakens the experience of being, and wipes away the sense of place. Everyone loves this book. The main argument in the first part of the book is that intellectualism and abstract thought, having developed together with stress on the eye, have xkin to the disappearance of a physical, sensual and embodied essence.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Ok, paallasmaa there isn’t much I can say that hasn’t been said or better yet, practiced by the likes of Zumthor and Holl. Their enigma is that they not only can see but are also able to see themselves seeing. Before we were literate, I would have been telling you this.

Pallasmaa seems to find exactly the right balan One of the most startlingly perceptive books I’ve ever read. Very short book, but quite lovely. But, as if I actually need to convince you to read this, it’s like saying ‘No don’t bother with Ulysses, it’s pretty dismissible compared to, I don’t know, every single work of literature out there or something.

Pallasmaa seems to find exactly the right balance — he tends to sway towards a nostalgia, a hankering after the way things once were, but he never loses his grip on the ‘now’, providing the solutions to counter the mind-numbing, dumbing-down of the senses that today’s plethora of mediocre architecture inflicts pallamaa us — built for the masses and enjoyed by none.


The book presents a literature review on senses without deeply and critically engaging with the material, and the first chapter transforms into a list of memorable quotes from different anthropologists, philosophers and architects, beginning with Sloterdijk and continuing with Le Corbusier, Bachelard, Walter Benjamin and Ashley Montagu. One that leaves my jaw wide open every time I go back to it, which is often, because the beauty and skilfulness in his observations and philosophy staggers me.

Full text versions may only be printed out or saved for personal use or for research purposes. Zeer goed boek, ingewikkeld, maar heel diep. Itcompellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architecturalculture. The book is nevertheless well written and clear. Ha escrito textos como Questions of perception: In contemporary society, vision is our primary sense.

In order to think clearly, the sharpness of vision, has to be suppressed, for thoughts travel with an absent-minded and unfocused gaze.

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Starting from the vision hegemony dominating western culture since Classical Greece and the Cartesian abdication of the remaining senses projecting onto our ways of experiencing and understanding of the cosmos, Pallasmaa discusses the impact on space production and architecture. More than anything though, it would seek to address the needs of people with a belief in the integrity of the human spirit, rather than cynically attempting to control people or try to prevent societal variables.

I’ll bet images a minute is not unusual in television production. Want to Read saving…. We are inside and outside of the conceived object at the same time. The book is full of such insights reminders?

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? In a society of mass produced space the entire cocktail of senses are reinforced and predictable.

One of the most startlingly perceptive books I’ve ever read. Jul 28, Pf Hussam rated it it was amazing. Mon, December 31, Most significantly, there is attention to memory, passion a A beautiful book and inspirational.

First published inThe Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. What of the realm space and collective behavior? The imagination and daydreaming are stimulated by dim light and shadow.


Does this properly account for the poverty of architecture today? Really – look at it, it actually fits in my bag. Truly, the real danger is a reification of categories.

Nov 17, Clif Brittain rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Mar 17, Hind rated it it was amazing Shelves: How is the visual significantly different? The human eye is most perfectly turned for twilight rather than bright daylight.

Structures, though built, seem to tear at their surroundings, destroying context, insisting on shallow recognition of presence above all else. I guess I should address my Goodreader friends as well. Architecture and the Senses Juhani Pallasmaa Limited preview – Since the book’s first publication, interest in the role of the body and the senses has been emerging in both architectural philosophy and teaching.

Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

Architectural meaning derives from archaic responses and reactions remembered by the body and the senses. Architecture and the Senses, 3rd Edition.

This assertion makes claims to a top-down modernity, thd is less believable than explanations which provide more agency to society -such as The Soundscape of Modernity or Railway Journey. Our relationship to architecture is so important and yet so mindless. Glasses are so overpriced. For a book about the phenomenological exploration on the beauty of space, Bachelard’s ‘Poetics of Space’ will suffice.

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 palasmaa.

The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

In Egyptian temples we encounter the silence that surrounded the pharaohs, in the silence of the Gothic cathedral we are reminded of the last dying. Un maravilloso ensayo acerca de la arquitectura y los sentidos. Also highly recommended for optometrists.