Thursday, 17 December 2009

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

I have been reading The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses and found the following texts concerning the moving body and its relation to space particularly noteworthy.

The Body in the Centre
'Merleau-Ponty's philosophy makes the human body the centre of the experiential world.'

'Our bodies and movements are in constant interaction with the environment; the world and the self inform and redefine each other constantly. The percept of the body and the image of the world turn into one single continuous existential experience.'

Multi-Sensory Experience
'The distant and the near are experienced with the same intensity, and they merge into one coherent experience.'

'It is similarly inconceivable that we could think of purely cerebral architecture that would not be a projection of the human body and its movement through space.'

An Architecture of the Senses
'The architectures of Le Corbusier and Richard Meyer, for instance, clearly favour sight, either as a frontal encounter, or the kinesthetic eye of the promenade architecturale.'

- Juhani Pallasmaa

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