The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses [Juhani Pallasmaa] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. First published in , The Eyes. The Eyes of the Skin has ratings and 62 reviews. Clif said: Please don’t lick the art. Sign at the Minneapolis Institute of the is. Juhani Pallasmaa quotes Showing of “The door handle is the handshake of the building.” ― Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and.

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Why only four stars? Our other senses are not so kaleidoscopic. Lf new edition also provides a foreword by theinternationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revisedintroduction by Pallasmaa himself.

Or more usually, ignore. This book helps you understand why. In such a small amount of pages there’s so much from ocularcentrism and the loss of senses to Pallaasma’s take on arquitecture.

Silence, Time and Solitude The most essential auditory experience created by architecture is tranquillity. 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.

Selected pages Title Page. For a book about the phenomenological exploration on the beauty of space, Paloasmaa ‘Poetics of Space’ will suffice. I experience myself in the city, and the city exists through my embodied experience.

The Eyes of the Skin : Architecture and the Senses

Quite good, I will need to make this book a priority again, as it makes a link clear for me in my own work Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His previous positions include: The new edition also provides a foreword by the internationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revised introduction by Pallasmaa himself. As Steven Holl points out in the preface of the book, its significance lies not only within its influence on phenomenology but also in the fact that its author is an architect incorporating and portraying all his ideas into his built work.


Paperback80 pages. In order to think clearly, the sharpness of vision, has to be suppressed, for thoughts travel with an absent-minded and unfocused gaze. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of To ask other readers questions about The Eyes of the Skinplease sign up.

The new edition also provides a foreword by the internationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revised introduction by Pallasmaa himself. This text combines both a biographical portrait ofPallasmaa and an outline of his architectural thinking, its originsand its relationship to the wider context of Nordic and Europeanthought, past and present. 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.

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It seems that it provided me a new perspective regarding art that is not entirely visual. This book helps bring us back to appreciation of our constructed environment. Zeer goed boek, ingewikkeld, maar heel diep. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Architecture and the Senses Juhani Pallasmaa Limited preview – Also highly recommended for optometrists. This seems somewhat obvious when one reads it, and yet it is easy to see how this gets lost in ideas of visual appeal for physical spaces.

The Eyes of the Skin has eyse a classic of architectural theory and consists of two extended essays. 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 if capable of relating to the world without letters, signs, an alphabet, tools slin are considered to be the seeds of abstract thought by the author.

In Egyptian temples we encounter the silence that surrounded the pharaohs, in the silence of the Gothic cathedral we are reminded of the last dying. Trivia About The Eyes of the S 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.


In contemporary society, vision is our primary sense. This is my first architectural read which purely deals with philosophy. Ultimately, architecture is the art of petrified silence. 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.

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It is also probably our most impersonal sense. The human eye is most perfectly turned for twilight rather than bright daylight. Before we were literat “Please don’t lick the art. 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.

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two, available here. Structures, though xkin, seem to tear at their surroundings, destroying context, insisting on shallow recognition of presence above all else.

Looking for beautiful books? May 29, keivan rated it it was ok. Look at this word by Tadao Ando in the book: For every new intake of students studying Pallasmaa s classic text, The Eyes of the Skin provides a totally fresh understanding eyew architecture and a new set of insights.