The Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses Kindle

The Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses Kindle


10 thoughts on “The Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses

  1. Clif Brittain Clif Brittain says:

    Please don't lick the art Sign at the Minneapolis Institute of the ArtsThere 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 whyThis book explores a lot of stuff we take for granted Or 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 literate I would have been telling you this We spend a lot of time looking at pages absorbing information on a two dimensional scale 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 Cities are designed as a two dimensional grid with efficiency of transport not pleasure in being transported as the goal With few exceptions natural beauty is obliterated as an obstacle Vision is instant Television has displaced print as our primary information and entertainment media I am constantly amazed at the speed of the images on the screen I'll bet 100 images a minute is not unusual in television production Our other senses are not so kaleidoscopic Touch smell and taste are slow and sensuous The book is full of such insights reminders? Our relationship to architecture is so important and yet so mindless This book helps bring us back to appreciation of our constructed environment Why only four stars? I found the book pretty disjointed I was constantly re reading to see if I missed something The author constantly uoted from other authors I found it very distracting I have no doubt that I will re read this book many times if only to see if I can't make sense of it


  2. Mon Mon says:

    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 need to convince you to read this it's like saying 'No don't bother with Ulysses it's pretty dismissible compared to I don't know every single work of literature out there or something' The Eyes of the Skin is also incredibly short Really look at it it actually fits in my bag Pallasmaa 1; Koolhaas 0I'm uite reserve about the computer bit in fact most of his writings on technology 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 As for the distance between the objectsubject in a virtual dimension well I would like to cite Grosz in saying the body and its environment are mutually defining blah blahWow I sound pretty cynical here maybe because I've met the guy and his speech was rather redundant Anyway great book highly recommended for uotes and references with that essay you've been putting off for weeks Also highly recommended for optometrists Glasses are so overpriced


  3. Kio Stark Kio Stark says:

    total nonsense but full of evocative useful phrases


  4. Andrew Fairweather Andrew Fairweather says:

    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 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 'Critiue of Pure Reason'OK forget I said anything up until now Let's say that the WEST HAS AN OPTICAL BIAS Does this properly account for the poverty of architecture today? I was not swayed by Pallasmaa's argument 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 Yes this is distinctly alienating in a visual sense Structures though built seem to tear at their surroundings destroying context insisting on shallow recognition of presence above all else Pallasmaa is entirely correct when he states thatThe narcissistic eye views architecture solely as a means of self expression and as an intellectual artistic game detached from essential mental and societal connections disengaging the body and instead of attempting to reconstruct cultural order it makes a reading of collective signification impossiblePallasmaa goes on to say this this is a result of the essentially detaching sense of vision and that this nihilistic attitude would be impossible to imagine in a sense of touch I just don't understand this I think that an architectural project which seeks to either control by atomizing its inhabitants or merely flatter the self expression of the architect will result in an isolation of ALL the senses Surely our visual culture also suffers as a resultTruly the real danger is a reification of categories In a society of mass produced space the entire cocktail of senses are reinforced and predictable How is the visual significantly different? The search for instantaneity and immediate impact has withered all of our senses—but importantly it has reified categories of thinking which serve to uell the furnaces of imaginationA proper architectural philosophy would in my humble opinion never operate out of context It would be one which would inspire a creativeredemptive relationship with the past and an optimistic sense of the future 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 Architecture than anything is these days either an exercise in paranoia or the self gratification of the designer Rectifying this would surely be a great first step in creating an architecture 'for all the senses'I believe in the good intentions of this work But like many treatises on art it remains far too academic Talk about detachment The book is nevertheless well written and clear Ironically a book which addresses the crisis in architecture that I could recommend would be Reinhold Martin's 'The Organizational Complex'—a book very poorly written but insightful For a book about the phenomenological exploration on the beauty of space Bachelard's 'Poetics of Space' will suffice


  5. Tara Brabazon Tara Brabazon says:

    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 wayMost significantly there is attention to memory passion and imagination and how they are summoned triggered and enhanced through architecture But the uality of the writing alone is inspiration for readers and writers


  6. Valdimar Valdimar says:

    5 beautiful


  7. Julie Julie says:

    A re wakening of our senses


  8. Afra Anan Saba Afra Anan Saba says:

    This is my first architectural read which purely deals with philosophy And I am pretty sure I will re read this book soon


  9. Hind Hind says:

    Beautiful fusion of architecture and philosophy


  10. Nana Nana says:

    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 perceived In just very few pages Pallasmaa elaborates on issues of phenomenology difficult to be expressed 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


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The Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses [Epub] ❤ The Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses By Juhani Pallasmaa – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk First published in 1996 The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory It asks the far reaching uestion why when there are five senses has one single sense sight become so predomina First of the Skin Architecture ePUB ´ published in of the PDF Ê The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory It asks the far reaching uestion 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 The Eyes ePUB ´ all the pressing and topical since the first Eyes of the Skin Architecture eBook Ü edition s publication in the mid s 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 enhancingFor every student studying Pallasmaa Eyes of the MOBI · 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 Eyes of the Skin Architecture eBook Ü 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.

  • ebook
  • 130 pages
  • The Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses
  • Juhani Pallasmaa
  • 06 January 2016
  • 9781299402270

10 thoughts on “The Eyes of the Skin Architecture and the Senses

  1. Clif Brittain Clif Brittain says:

    Please don't lick the art Sign at the Minneapolis Institute of the ArtsThere 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 whyThis book explores a lot of stuff we take for granted Or 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 literate I would have been telling you this We spend a lot of time looking at pages absorbing information on a two dimensional scale 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 Cities are designed as a two dimensional grid with efficiency of transport not pleasure in being transported as the goal With few exceptions natural beauty is obliterated as an obstacle Vision is instant Television has displaced print as our primary information and entertainment media I am constantly amazed at the speed of the images on the screen I'll bet 100 images a minute is not unusual in television production Our other senses are not so kaleidoscopic Touch smell and taste are slow and sensuous The book is full of such insights reminders? Our relationship to architecture is so important and yet so mindless This book helps bring us back to appreciation of our constructed environment Why only four stars? I found the book pretty disjointed I was constantly re reading to see if I missed something The author constantly uoted from other authors I found it very distracting I have no doubt that I will re read this book many times if only to see if I can't make sense of it

  2. Mon Mon says:

    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 need to convince you to read this it's like saying 'No don't bother with Ulysses it's pretty dismissible compared to I don't know every single work of literature out there or something' The Eyes of the Skin is also incredibly short Really look at it it actually fits in my bag Pallasmaa 1; Koolhaas 0I'm uite reserve about the computer bit in fact most of his writings on technology 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 As for the distance between the objectsubject in a virtual dimension well I would like to cite Grosz in saying the body and its environment are mutually defining blah blahWow I sound pretty cynical here maybe because I've met the guy and his speech was rather redundant Anyway great book highly recommended for uotes and references with that essay you've been putting off for weeks Also highly recommended for optometrists Glasses are so overpriced

  3. Kio Stark Kio Stark says:

    total nonsense but full of evocative useful phrases

  4. Andrew Fairweather Andrew Fairweather says:

    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 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 'Critiue of Pure Reason'OK forget I said anything up until now Let's say that the WEST HAS AN OPTICAL BIAS Does this properly account for the poverty of architecture today? I was not swayed by Pallasmaa's argument 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 Yes this is distinctly alienating in a visual sense Structures though built seem to tear at their surroundings destroying context insisting on shallow recognition of presence above all else Pallasmaa is entirely correct when he states thatThe narcissistic eye views architecture solely as a means of self expression and as an intellectual artistic game detached from essential mental and societal connections disengaging the body and instead of attempting to reconstruct cultural order it makes a reading of collective signification impossiblePallasmaa goes on to say this this is a result of the essentially detaching sense of vision and that this nihilistic attitude would be impossible to imagine in a sense of touch I just don't understand this I think that an architectural project which seeks to either control by atomizing its inhabitants or merely flatter the self expression of the architect will result in an isolation of ALL the senses Surely our visual culture also suffers as a resultTruly the real danger is a reification of categories In a society of mass produced space the entire cocktail of senses are reinforced and predictable How is the visual significantly different? The search for instantaneity and immediate impact has withered all of our senses—but importantly it has reified categories of thinking which serve to uell the furnaces of imaginationA proper architectural philosophy would in my humble opinion never operate out of context It would be one which would inspire a creativeredemptive relationship with the past and an optimistic sense of the future 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 Architecture than anything is these days either an exercise in paranoia or the self gratification of the designer Rectifying this would surely be a great first step in creating an architecture 'for all the senses'I believe in the good intentions of this work But like many treatises on art it remains far too academic Talk about detachment The book is nevertheless well written and clear Ironically a book which addresses the crisis in architecture that I could recommend would be Reinhold Martin's 'The Organizational Complex'—a book very poorly written but insightful For a book about the phenomenological exploration on the beauty of space Bachelard's 'Poetics of Space' will suffice

  5. Tara Brabazon Tara Brabazon says:

    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 wayMost significantly there is attention to memory passion and imagination and how they are summoned triggered and enhanced through architecture But the uality of the writing alone is inspiration for readers and writers

  6. Valdimar Valdimar says:

    5 beautiful

  7. Julie Julie says:

    A re wakening of our senses

  8. Afra Anan Saba Afra Anan Saba says:

    This is my first architectural read which purely deals with philosophy And I am pretty sure I will re read this book soon

  9. Hind Hind says:

    Beautiful fusion of architecture and philosophy

  10. Nana Nana says:

    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 perceived In just very few pages Pallasmaa elaborates on issues of phenomenology difficult to be expressed 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

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