Merleau-Ponty for Architects

Merleau-Ponty for Architects

by Jonathan Hale

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The philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908–1961) has influenced the design work of architects as diverse as Steven Holl and Peter Zumthor, as well as informing renowned schools of architectural theory, notably those around Dalibor Vesely at Cambridge, Kenneth Frampton, David Leatherbarrow and Alberto Pérez-Gómez in North America and Juhani Pallasmaa in Finland. Merleau-Ponty suggested that the value of people’s experience of the world gained through their immediate bodily engagement with it remains greater than the value of understanding gleaned through abstract mathematical, scientific or technological systems.

This book summarizes what Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy has to offer specifically for architects. It locates architectural thinking in the context of his work, placing it in relation to themes such as space, movement, materiality and creativity, introduces key texts, helps decode difficult terms and provides quick reference for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415480727
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Series: Thinkers for Architects Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Hale is Associate Professor and Reader in Architectural Theory at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Table of Contents

Series Editor Preface. Acknowledgements. Illustration Credits. Introduction. 1. Embodied Space – It’s Not What You Think 2. Expressive Form – Since Feeling is First 3. Tectonics and Materials – The Flesh of the World 4. Creativity and Innovation – From Spoken to Speaking Speech Postscript. Further Reading. Bibliography. Index

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