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

Pallasmaa’s writing is unquestionably fascination, thought-provoking, and poetically beautiful. He has also held visiting professorships at several universities worldwide. The new edition also provides a foreword by theinternationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revisedintroduction by Pallasmaa himself. Added to Your Shopping Cart. The main argument in the first part of the book is that intellectualism and abstract thought, pwllasmaa developed together with stress on the eye, have led to the disappearance of a physical, sensual and embodied essence.

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.

Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

Juhani Pallasmaa integrates architecture with all the senses and palpasmaa a beautiful idea. The imagination and daydreaming are stimulated by dim light and shadow.

However, I should add that his insights regarding bodily memory and the significance of peripheral sight are very interesting, and his bibliographical references have definitely been useful in taking me to the library. The computer creates a distance between the maker and the object, whereas skih by hand as well as working with models put the designer in a haptic contact with the object, or space. Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors.


His previous positions include: Essays on Architecture Their enigma is that they not only can see but are also able to see themselves seeing.

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The search for instantaneity and immediate impact has withered all of our senses—but more importantly, it has reified categories of thinking which serve to quell the furnaces of imagination. 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 teh the subject matter. Why only four stars?

Refresh and try again. In just very few pages Pallasmaa elaborates on issues of phenomenology difficult to be expressed. He has held academic positions and worked in design practices in both Finland and the United States, and has written and lectured extensively on Finnish and Nordic architecture.

The book presents a literature review on senses without deeply and critically engaging with the material, and the first chapter transforms into a list of memorable quotes from different anthropologists, philosophers and architects, beginning with Sloterdijk and continuing with Le Corbusier, Bachelard, Walter Benjamin and Ashley Montagu.

And at the same time, a book like The Eyes of the Skin proves how intellectually limp so much phenomenology is. This assertion makes claims to a top-down modernity, an is less believable than explanations which provide more agency to society -such as The Soundscape of Modernity or Railway Journey.

In a society of mass produced space the entire cocktail of senses are reinforced and predictable. Downloaded material must be deleted by completion of the course. He has also held visiting professorships at several universities worldwide.


This book helpfully challenges the medusa like gze that petrifies our attention. It seems that it provided me a pallasmmaa perspective regarding art that is not entirely visual. This is how architecture should be Book ratings by Goodreads. Architecture and the Senses Juhani Pallasmaa No preview available – Homogeneous bright light paralyses the imagination in the same way that homogenization of space weakens the experience of being, and wipes pallasmaz the sense of place.

Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin

In this rather slim, easy-to-read volume, Pallasmaa makes a convincing case for architecture and space as more than just visual treat, but as something that is inevitably, inherently lived in, experienced with the whole body of the person inhabiting pallasmax spaces. The use of electronic documents is regulated in license terms. Lists with This Book.

Adicional a lo anterior, ha fungido como Director del Museo de Arquitectura Finlandesa y como presidente del Instituto de Artes Industriales en Helsinki. Architecture and the Senses.

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. It compellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architectural culture. Quotes from The Eyes of the S This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two, available here.

Beautiful fusion of architecture and philosophy.