The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

Juhani Pallasmaa


First released in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has develop into a vintage of architectural conception. It asks the far-reaching query why, whilst there are 5 senses, has one unmarried experience – sight – develop into so essential in architectural tradition and layout? With the ascendancy of the electronic and the all-pervasive use of the picture electronically, it's a topic that has develop into the entire extra urgent and topical because the first edition’s booklet within the mid-1990s. Juhani Pallasmaa argues that the suppression of the opposite 4 sensory nation-states has ended in the general impoverishment of our outfitted setting, usually diminishing the emphasis at the spatial event of a development and architecture’s skill to motivate, have interaction and be totally existence bettering.

For each pupil learning Pallasmaa’s vintage textual content for the 1st time, The Eyes of the Skin is a revelation. It compellingly presents a wholly clean perception into architectural tradition. This 3rd variation meets readers’ hope for an additional figuring out of the context of Pallasmaa’s considering by way of supplying a brand new essay by way of architectural writer and educator Peter MacKeith. this article combines either a biographical portrait of Pallasmaa and an summary of his architectural pondering, its origins and its dating to the broader context of Nordic and ecu suggestion, previous and current. the point of interest of the essay is at the basic humanity, perception and sensitivity of Pallasmaa’s method of structure, bringing him toward the reader. this can be illustrated by means of Pallasmaa’s sketches and images of his personal paintings. the hot variation additionally presents a foreword by way of the the world over well known architect Steven Holl and a revised creation through Pallasmaa himself.

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