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The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses


The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

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    Juhani Pallasmaa(Author)
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.

The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory and consists of two extended essays. The first surveys the historical development of the ocular–centric 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.

Architecture has the capacity to be inspiring, engaging and life–enhancing. But why is it that architectural schemes which look good on the drawing board or the computer screen can be so disappointing ‘in the flesh’?

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  • PDF | 80 pages
  • Juhani Pallasmaa(Author)
  • John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (22 April 2005)
  • English
  • 10
  • Art, Architecture & Photography
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  • By JaFo on 8 May 2011

    This was in a recommended reading list for my course and while I can see the relevance of the ideas in theory and actually agree with quite a lot of the points made I found the book arduous to read growing bored of page after page littered with awkwardly manufactured words like "ocularcentrism".I think it is worth a read for anyone studying architecture (maybe earlier on rather than near the end of the degrees) but take it with a pinch of salt to get to the real substantive issues around designing and portraying a full building proposal.

  • By Thomas Modeen on 20 April 2004

    An subtly epic piece of text...A book that had a truly profound influence on my own practice and perception in regards to how one could and should consider ones built environment.Get your hands on it if you can...

  • By Mr. S. Qutbi on 22 June 2006

    An excellent book, a book that peals away your pre-conceptions as you read and installs on, the most natural way of thinking. It gives you a clearer conscious when considering the environment.I recommend this book to any one. Although I do think you need a dictionary on hand, because there are some words in this book that I never thought the meanings of existed, like the word 'haptic'. The word haptic isn't even on Word spell checker. All the better though, a big vocabulary is what's probably needed when studying and expressing architecture. I'm starting an architecture degree this September and this book has made me more interested.

  • By Artsreadings on 15 September 2010

    This is a short book but it is full of various thoughts and arguments about the experience of architecture and the built environment.Starting from the centrality of vision in the sensual experience of our world, the author moves on to reassess the importance of the other senses.This should be of interest not only to those involved in the architectural profession but also to all those interested in the analysis and interpretation of architecture and the built environment and its relation to the body and the physical senses.

  • By richard chandler on 28 December 2011

    I really enjoyed the topic of this book, it notes all the many ways our central nervous system makes sense of things and can actually have a natural influence on our behaviour and development.

  • By Greg Sweetnam on 21 April 2010

    "Pallasmaa argues that most contemporary architecture disappoints because it aims for a memorable visual image above all else. The second of the two essays especially points towards an architecture drawing on the other senses which can restore a sense of belonging and integration. A refreshing book, not just for the general reader, but also for graphic designers and others naturally concerned with the visual."

  • By Mr Brooks on 23 May 2013

    If your interested in architecture and space this book is truly inspirational.It helped to enhance my own ideas about the perception of space.

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