The Eyes of the Skin - Architecture and the Senses / Edition 2

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"First published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory and is required reading on courses in schools of architecture around the world. It consists of two extended essays. The first surveys the historical development of the ocularcentric paradigm in western culture since the Greeks, and its impact on the experience of the world and the nature of architecture. The second examines the role of the other senses in authentic architectural experiences, and points the way towards a multi-sensory architecture which facilitates a sense of belonging and integration." 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. This new, revised and extended edition of this seminal work will not only inspire architects and students to design more holistic architecture, but will enrich the general reader's perception of the world around them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470015780
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

JUHANI PALLASMAA is one of Finland’s most distinguished architects and architectural theorists. In all aspects of his theoretical and design practice – which includes architecture, graphic design, urban planning and exhibitions – he places a consistent emphasis on the importance of identity, sensorial experience and tactility.
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Table of Contents

Preface : thin ice 6
Introduction : touching the world 9
Vision and knowledge 15
Critics of ocularcentrism 19
The narcissistic and nihilistic eye 22
Oral versus visual space 24
Retinal architecture and the loss of plasticity 26
An architecture of visual images 30
Materiality and time 31
The rejection of Alberti's window 34
A new vision and sensory balance 35
The body in the centre 40
Multi-sensory experience 41
The significance of the shadow 46
Acoustic intimacy 49
Silence, time and solitude 51
Spaces of scent 54
The shape of touch 56
The taste of stone 59
Images of muscle and bone 60
Images of action 63
Bodily identification 64
Mimesis of the body 66
Spaces of memory and imagination 67
An architecture of the senses 70
The task of architecture 71
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