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Distancing ourselves from an unpleasant sound or odour is more difficult. Really – look at it, it actually fits in my bag. Architecture, more than anything, is these days either an exercise in paranoia or the self gratification of the designer.

Without them, imagine the impolite chaos that would descend. Feb 06, Andrew added it Shelves: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Scents, acoustics, tactile materials, eyse, light, shadow, the weight and proportion of things, as well as the overall spirit of the space, overrules pure aesthetics. Before we were literate, I juhani pallasmaa the eyes of the skin have been telling you this.

The subject of metaphysics of architecture is rather personal, but he seems not confident in sharing his own perspective. Request permission to reuse content from this site. The Eyes of the Skin: After all, home is not a look.

The Eyes of the Skin : Architecture and the Senses

Want to Read saving…. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. 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.


Renato Vitalini lives in the small Swiss mountain town of Scuol. Apart from his bizarre marble-licking action to make a case for architecture and oral sensations, I think it is rather insensitive of him praising Villa Savoye – good in the eyes but bad for inhabitants’ lung.

This doesn’t make it valueless, as many positivists would have it, though. In Praise of Shadows Paperback. It is shorter than most, but a good read as it is linear, to the point, but illuminating in terms of understanding the use of other senses besides vision in architecture. A space can look beautiful in skjn but that is not enough to make it nice to live in. Our relationship to architecture is so important and yet so mindless.

The book argues that great architecture is not created based on purely visual sense but also other juhanu. Architecture presents the drama of construction silenced into matter, space and light. Architecture and the Senses. 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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The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa

Looking for beautiful books? It compellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architectural culture. In all 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.


We constantly rely on juhani pallasmaa the eyes of the skin as we study and categorize our surroundings. Never mind that Plato in ‘Phaedrus’ warns of 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! It asks the far-reaching questionwhy, when there are five senses, has one single sense — sight— become so predominant in architectural culture and design?

Architecture and the Senses Juhani Pallasmaa Limited preview – A building is not an end in itself; it frames, articulates, structures, gives significance, relates, separates and unites, facilitates and prohibits.