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It seems that it provided me a new perspective regarding art that is not entirely visual. There seems to be a misunderstanding of computer imaging as a purely evil Cartesian flattening of our souls, but digital representation can also be considered in non-visual terms or serves as a transformation of bodily boundary.

The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory and consists of two extended essays.

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.

Paperback80 pages. For so long the art of story was the unifier of community. Lists with This Book. How is the visual significantly different? It asks the far-reaching question why, when there are five senses, skon one single sense — sight — become so predominant in architectural culture and design? Nov 17, Carolayne rated it really liked smin.

The Eyes of the Skin- an architectural metaphor

He writes with care and passion about our built environment, and it sticks enough that you wind up contemplating the ramifications of his ideas as wander through the spaces of your day-to-day life.


Again and again Pallasmaa returns to the form and function of space as assisting in providing metaphors and guiding principles for how human beings live their lives. The Eyes of the Skin Juhani Pallasmaa. For every new intake of students studying Pallasmaa s classic text, The Eyes of the Skin provides a totally fresh understanding of architecture and a new set of insights.

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. Distancing ourselves from an unpleasant sound or odour is more difficult.

Never mind that Plato in ‘Phaedrus’ warns of written culture as fostering a forgetfulness of the soul whose reliance on external visual reference is a “conceit of wisdom,” or that visual metaphors pllasmaa primarily used to illustrate antinomies in Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason. Well, at least all the architects I know. Architectural Body Madeline Gins. Analysing Architecture Simon Unwin. Sight is our dominant sense.

The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa

In ski 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.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. In Praise of Shadows Jun’ichiro Tanizaki. I found the book pretty disjointed.

This third edition is intended to meet students desire for a further understanding of the context of Pallasmaa s thinking by providing a new essay by architectural author and educator Peter MacKeith. Many contemporary buildings are designed from the point of view of how they will look on a printed page, not how they will feel when you walk in.


Try watching a movie without sound. Television has displaced print as our primary information and entertainment media.

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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Todos los sentidos, incluido la vista, pueden considerarse como extensiones del sentido del tacto, como especializaciones de la piel. Pallasmaa’s writing is unquestionably fascination, thought-provoking, and poetically beautiful.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Experiencing Architecture Steen Eiler Rasmussen. In contemporary society, vision is our primary sense. Mar 31, Mon rated it really liked it Shelves: Pallasmaa’s writing is gorgeous, provocative, contemplative, and completely lacking in rigor.

It is also probably our most impersonal sense. Jun 17, Afra Anan Saba rated it it was amazing. The most essential auditory experience created by architecture is tranquillity.

Our ears have been blinded’.