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The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

This seems somewhat obvious when one reads it, and yet it is easy to see how this gets lost in ideas of visual appeal for physical spaces. About Juhani Pallasmaa Juhani Pallasmaa is one of Finland s most distinguished architects and architectural thinkers. Beautiful fusion of architecture and philosophy.

Quotes from The Eyes of the S Mar 17, Hind rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very short book, but quite lovely. 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.

Oct 21, g rated it did not like it Shelves: This will inevitably be a good thing, particularly as you ponder and understand more fully just what “home” is to you, as understood through the tactile, sensory world of your body and memory.

Un maravilloso ensayo acerca de pallazmaa arquitectura y los sentidos.

Rather, it means that it’s something that should jab and prod, like a good creative essay. Feb 06, Andrew added it Shelves: Ha escrito textos como Questions of perception: In his second part he goes on to describe architecture as a multisensory, rather than a simply ocular experience, and talks of the subjective ways and other senses beyond the 5 known ones it is Beautifully written book!

Most significantly, there is attention to memory, passion a A beautiful book and inspirational. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

It’s positively brimming with optimism for new ways of experiencing and defining our civic buildings, and the built world as a whole. The haptic world as experienced within the completely overlooked, misunderstood and utterly ov boundaries of peripheral vision.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Architecture and the Senses, 3rd Edition. The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory and consists of two extended essays.

The Eyes of the Skin : Architecture and the Senses

Description First published inThe Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. No trivia or quizzes yet. Ultimately, architecture is the art of petrified silence. The city and my body supplement and define each other. 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.

Here siin idea of ‘transformation’ or replacement of sounds with others appears to be alien to the pzllasmaa – he does not recognize the sound of the contemporary city as being ‘authentic’ enough, or satisfactory in anyway, and thus falls back onto past examples of echoes and Helen Keller like figures.

This is not a straightforward relationship, mind you, but one of back-and-forth understanding, in which life influences space and space influences life. Well, at least all the architects I know.

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Books by Juhani Pallasmaa. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. The main argument in the tbe part of the book is that intellectualism and abstract thought, having developed together with stress on the eye, have led to the disappearance of a physical, sensual and embodied essence.

This book helpfully challenges the medusa like gze that petrifies our attention. First published inThe Eyes of the Skin has become aclassic of architectural theory. In Juhanj temples we encounter the silence that surrounded the pharaohs, in the silence of the Gothic cathedral we are reminded of the last dying.

To continue reading this story, click here. This book helps you understand why. A proper architectural philosophy would, in my humble opinion, never operate out of context.

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.

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Architecture, more than anything, is these days either an exercise in paranoia or the self gratification of the designer. The Eyes of the Skin: Trivia About The Eyes of the S Mar 31, Mon rated it really liked it Shelves: Thus, having concentrated on looking -and in relation to reading rather than listening to stories- we have lost our humanness, and have transformed into a form that is no longer capable of relating to the world without letters, signs, an alphabet, tools that are considered to be t 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 led to the disappearance of a physical, sensual and embodied essence.


As Steven Holl points out in the preface of the juahni, its significance lies not only within its influence on phenomenology but also in the fact that its author is an architect incorporating and portraying eues his ideas into his built work.

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. Just a moment while we sign ehes in to your Goodreads account. The prose here is eminently readable, and for such a complex subject, Pallasmaa does an incredible job of simplifying and synthesizing thinkers into an juani to read manuscript that will eeys make you stop and think about your relationship to the space around you.

The book is very short and most of it are expert citations, that ends up outshine him.

In this rather slim, easy-to-read volume, Pallasmaa makes a convincing case for architecture and space as more than just visual treat, but as something that is inevitably, inherently lived in, experienced with the whole body of the person inhabiting such spaces.

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. Juhani Pallasmaa integrates architecture with all the senses and nature a beautiful idea.