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Mar 17, Hind rated it it was amazing Shelves: The second chapter is about the ‘other’ senses, and is focused on explaining the absence of such experiences from the modern city: This doesn’t make it valueless, as many positivists would have it, though. Our relationship to architecture is so important and yet so mindless. I’d say that what marks architecture these days is an offshoot of a control society, its attempt to control the senses and passions of its citizenry.

Other editions – View all The Eyes of the Skin: 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. He has also held visiting professorships at several universities worldwide. I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me. Ha escrito textos como Questions of perception: A thousand times yes.

Wow, I sound pretty cynical here, maybe because I’ve met the guy and his speech was rather redundant. Mar 02, mahatmanto rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Before we were literat “Please don’t lick the art. This book helps you understand why. 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.


Thus, having concentrated on looking -and in relation to reading rather than listening to stories- we have lost our humanness, and have transformed into a form that is no longer capable of relating to the world without letters, signs, an alphabet, tools that are considered to be t 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.

What of the realm space and collective behavior? I found it very distracting. In his second part he goes on to describe architecture as a multisensory, rather than a simply ocular experience, and talks of the subjective ways and other senses beyond the 5 known ones it is perceived. Truly, the real danger is a reification of categories. I just don’t understand this. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Pallasmaa seems to find exactly the right balan One of the most startlingly perceptive books I’ve ever read.

Surely our visual culture also suffers as a result.

Pallasmaa’s writing is gorgeous, provocative, contemplative, and completely lacking in rigor. Mar 31, Mon rated it really liked it Shelves: For a book about the phenomenological exploration on the beauty of space, Bachelard’s ‘Poetics of Space’ will suffice. 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 are primarily used to illustrate antinomies in Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason.

It does have a few inspiring words so it wouldn’t hurt to read, it is pretty short, only 62 pages. It is also probably our most impersonal sense. A wonderful collection of essays. Una arquitectura que responda a los sentidos.

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The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

This is not to negate his argument for the prioritization of the visual in our everyday life, yet his approach is simplistic and perfunctory, especially given the richness of the subject matter.

Would eyrs like to change to the site? The computer has perhaps drawn us away from the artists experience of his artistic vision through his body awareness.

Pallasmaa seems to find exactly the right balance — he tends to sway towards a nostalgia, a hankering after the way pallasmwa once were, but he never loses his grip on the ‘now’, providing the solutions to counter the mind-numbing, dumbing-down of the senses that today’s plethora of mediocre architecture inflicts upon us — built for the masses and enjoyed by none.

But, as if I actually Everyone loves this book.

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

It compellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architectural culture. Jul 30, Anna Keating rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was constantly re-reading to see if I missed something. This book helpfully challenges the medusa like gze that petrifies our attention. This palladmaa not a straightforward relationship, mind you, but one of back-and-forth understanding, in which life influences space and space influences life.

You are reading this with your eyes.