Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses (Revised)

Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses Revised First published in The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory It asks the far reaching question why when there are five senses has one single sense sight become so predo

  • Title: Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses (Revised)
  • Author: Juhani Pallasmaa
  • ISBN: 9781299402270
  • Page: 325
  • Format: ebook
  • First published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory It asks the far reaching question why, when there are five senses, has one single sense sight become so predominant in architectural culture and design With the ascendancy of the digital and the all pervasive use of the image electronically, it is a subject that has become all thFirst published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory It asks the far reaching question why, when there are five senses, has one single sense sight become so predominant in architectural culture and design With the ascendancy of the digital and the all pervasive use of the image electronically, it is a subject that has become all the pressing and topical since the first edition s publication in the mid 1990s Juhani Pallasmaa argues that the suppression of the other four sensory realms has led to the overall impoverishment of our built environment, often diminishing the emphasis on the spatial experience of a building and architecture s ability to inspire, engage and be wholly life enhancing.For every student studying Pallasmaa s classic text for the first time, The Eyes of the Skin is a revelation It compellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architectural culture This third edition meets readers desire for a further understanding of the context of Pallasmaa s thinking by providing a new essay by architectural author and educator Peter MacKeith This text combines both a biographical portrait of Pallasmaa and an outline of his architectural thinking, its origins and its relationship to the wider context of Nordic and European thought, past and present The focus of the essay is on the fundamental humanity, insight and sensitivity of Pallasmaa s approach to architecture, bringing him closer to the reader This is illustrated by Pallasmaa s sketches and photographs of his own work The new edition also provides a foreword by the internationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revised introduction by Pallasmaa himself.

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    1. "Please don't lick the art." Sign at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.There is no such sign on the IDS building or Crystal Court inside. Some art you want to consume, other art makes you want to run the other direction. This book helps you understand why.This book explores a lot of stuff we take for granted. Or more usually, ignore. In contemporary society, vision is our primary sense. It is also probably our most impersonal sense. You are reading this with your eyes. Before we were literat [...]

    2. Everyone loves this book. Well, at least all the architects I know. But then my only 'friends' seem to all be designers, so not that much diversity of opinion there. Not that I don't try, but people tend to not respond well to 3am 'Maxwell just crashed at 17% The end is nigh!!!' texts. I guess I should address my Goodreader friends as well. We're friends right?Ok, so there isn't much I can say that hasn't been said or better yet, practiced by the likes of Zumthor and Holl. But, as if I actually [...]

    3. ini buku keren: memulihkan penghargaan relasi arsitektur dengan tubuh. dengan segenap indera yang berdialog dengan dinding, lantai dan langit-langitrap sekali kita ketemu atau kecebur dalam suatu pengalaman di dalam ruang yang memesona, menakjubkan, menggetarkan. dan ketika ruang yang hebat itu kita potret, menguaplah segenap kehebatannya. itu pengalaman saya dengan karya-karya yb. mangunwijaya yang kebanyakan hanya nikmat ketika 'DIHADIRI' atau didatangi, jangan melihatnya dari potret.buku ini [...]

    4. A beautiful book and inspirational. Pallasmaa is a remarkable writer and each sentence is evocative and can be the springboard for further analysis and thought. The short book investigates how the senses are activated in and through architecture and the built environment. Logging the ocularcentric nature of most architecture theory, Pallasmaa evokes sound (and silence), but also scent and texture in a profoundly moving and effective way.Most significantly, there is attention to memory, passion a [...]

    5. اگر جسم کمی آسانتر درک می شد ، هیچ کس به وجود ذهن پی نمی برد

    6. With it's repeated condemnation of so-called "Western" sensibilities, this book is sure to tickle the fancy of many of today's readers—add a dash of Goldsmithian "Deserted Village" lamentations, and you've got yourself a hit! Essentially, Pallasmaa enframes his practical prescription for the 21st century architecture as up against a Western "visual bias" which he is able to trace back to ancient Greek philosophy all the way to Modern Western thought. Never mind that Plato in 'Phaedrus' warns o [...]

    7. One of the most startlingly perceptive books I've ever read. The haptic world as experienced within the completely overlooked, misunderstood (and utterly relevant) boundaries of peripheral vision. Pallasmaa writes so articulately, the expression 'masterpiece' is, for once, entirely deserved. One that leaves my jaw wide open every time I go back to it, which is often, because the beauty and skilfulness in his observations and philosophy staggers me. Pallasmaa seems to find exactly the right balan [...]

    8. Beautifully written book! Starting from the vision hegemony dominating western culture since Classical Greece and the Cartesian abdication of the remaining senses projecting onto our ways of experiencing and understanding of the cosmos, Pallasmaa discusses the impact on space production and architecture. 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 [...]

    9. Pallasmaa's writing is unquestionably fascination, thought-provoking, and poetically beautiful. 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.And at the same time, a book like The Eyes of the Skin proves how intellectually limp so much phenomenology is. Pallasmaa's writing is gorgeous, provocative, contemplative, and completely lacking in rigor. T [...]

    10. In such a small amount of pages there's so much from ocularcentrism and the loss of senses to Pallaasma's take on arquitecture. It embraces an interesting philosophy way beyond my expectations.

    11. Bastante recomendável mesmo para aqueles que não têm um contacto direto com as Artes (embora seja impossível encontrar alguém que não esteja familiarizado com os seus diversos ramos!).

    12. Juhani Pallasmaa es un arquitecto, profesor y escritor finlandés (n. 14 de septiembre de 1936, Hämeenlinna, Finlandia). Adicional a lo anterior, ha fungido como Director del Museo de Arquitectura Finlandesa (1978-1983) y como presidente del Instituto de Artes Industriales en Helsinki. Pallasmaa se dedica al campo de la arquitectura y la filosofía de la arquitectura, especialmente en temas de la funcionalidad de las obras arquitectónicas. Ha escrito textos como Questions of perception: phenom [...]

    13. This book helpfully challenges the medusa like gze that petrifies our attention. The computer has perhaps drawn us away from the artists experience of his artistic vision through his body awareness. Te hegemoy of sight is forgetting the importance of "The Preconscious, perceptual realm, which is experienced outside the sphere of focused vision seems to be more important than the focused image".What of the realm space and collective behavior? For so long the art of story was the unifier of commun [...]

    14. Un texto esencial para que los arquitectos podamos explicar (explicarnos) que hay vida más allá de la forma, más acá de la búsqueda del estilo. Un recurso para recordar por qué un día quise ser arquitecto. Una guía para un día quizá llegar a serlo.

    15. 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. 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 [...]

    16. این کتاب رو به دلیل تعریفی که ازش شنیده بودم، بدون درنگ خریدممتن به دو بخش تقسیم شده، که کل بخش اول یه هدف رو دنبال میکنه. اینکه خواننده رو همراه و قانع کنه که در دنیای امروز حس بینایی بر دیگر حواس غالب شده. پنجاه صفحه از کتاب مرور و تکرار همین یک جمله اس:بینایی، غالب شده!بخش دوم [...]

    17. Pallasmaa's incredibly short but hugely influential essay that reminds architects that in our society of the spectacle (to steal Debord's title) we cannot afford to neglect all human senses. Vision, we are correctly (and thus somewhat arbitrarily) informed, is our primary sense. We have developed communications and technologies around this for millenia, from cave paintings to the iPad, but when we live in a world that sanitises the other senses - where everything we touch has the same cool, life [...]

    18. An excellent read to awaken the senses. Pallasmaa makes challenges the visual dominance in architecture and calls for an architecture that encorporates all the senses. I love that he calls architecture of today a visual advertisement. One of many qoutes I loved, “instead of being a situational bodily encounter, architecture has become an art of the printed image fixed by the hurried eye of the camera.” I love thinking about the world in new ways, and this read really has a lot packed into it [...]

    19. In a world dominated my optical sensations, it becomes clear that architecture is also trending towards the visual and not the spatial. Throughout this read Pallasmaa investigates how architecture formally, currently, and futuristically could use the other senses of sound, taste, smell, and touch. In doing so, architecture becomes a device to understand oneself in time and space. Referencing ones own memories, architecture and art could have meaning and serve as an evocative trigger for past exp [...]

    20. همه ی ما با زبان معمول رشته ی معماری آشنا هستیم. فرم، عملکرد و که در این میان فرم و کیفیت بصری طرح بیش از همه مورد توجه قرار میگیرد. البته این توجه بیش از اندازه اتفاقی نیست. چنان که یوهانی پالاسما در کتاب چشمان پوست به واکاوی ریشه های فلسفی، تکنولوژیکی و این توجه و ارجحیت بینای [...]

    21. اگر بناهای تاریخی نفس را در سینه شما حبس میکنداگر با دیدن خانه های قدیمی به فکر فرو می رویداگر این حس را در خیلی از خانه ها و آثار امروزی نمیتوانید پیدا کنیداگر از راه رفتن در کوچه پس کوچه های باریک و قدیمی لذت میبریداگر بدنبال علت هستیدتوصیه میکنم این کتاب را بخوانید تا جواب س [...]

    22. This is a gem of a book that I'm sure I will have reason to return to time and again. Written by the architect and architecture critic Juhani Pallasmaa, who in this and his other works, essays and lectures comprised, gives evidence of also being a wonderful philosopher with a profound understanding of the human psyche.

    23. This is by far one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Every paragraph was studded with gems (it was also nice to see where the person before me had underlined and circled because they seemed as enthused as me) and I sat in the middle of the aisle at my school's Science and Engineering library reading it for over an hour.

    24. a remarkable written text about what is difficult to write about because we do not have word or phrases within language that easily or clearly address the sensual or the body. Pallasmaa has for some time taken steps toward inclusion of the pre-language into our dialog and practice of architectural design.

    25. more of an introduction into the subjet aimed at students rather than more advanced readers. it's rather an essay than a proper book flanked by lenghty introductions and biography of the author. loved the first part where he denounces our ocularcentric society, felt a big less convinced about the second. good book to get you started.

    26. Simply the best book I've ever had the pleasure to read.Everyone, architecture student or not, should at least try to read this sincere and passionated review about how we have eyes but we can't trully see anything that surrounds us, because we simply stopped hearing to our senses, relying on nothing more than our eyes.

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