A Well-Composed Body - Anthropomorphism in Architecture

A Well-Composed Body - Anthropomorphism in Architecture

by Scott Drake


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This work examines how changing conceptions of the human body have been interpreted within architectural theory since the writings of Vitruvius in the first century AD. It will examine how measures of the body have affected ideas of architectural composition, and how they are used as an ethical imperative, such that a building which reflects the proportions of a 'well-composed' body (Francesco di Giorgio), is itself an injunction to 'composure', or appropriate behaviour. It will argue that modern architecture, while rejecting classical anthropo­morphism, was nonetheless influenced by ideas and practices arising from the study of the body in anatomy. It will then examine pheno­menological and hermeneutical conceptions of the lived body, giving rise to a renewed conception of anthropomorphism as the mani­festation not only of human form, but of human sentience. The work will provide a foundation for scholars of architectural history and theory interested in the ongoing role of the body in architecture.

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ISBN-13: 9783639066524
Publisher: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller E.K.
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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