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Mar 17, Hind rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the most startlingly perceptive books I’ve ever read. Architecture of the Senses Juhani Pallasmaa No preview available – Books by Juhani Pallasmaa.

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

Oct 25, Nana rated it really liked it. T Pallasmaa’s writing is unquestionably fascination, thought-provoking, and poetically beautiful.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. In his second part he hte 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. It’s positively brimming with optimism for new ways of experiencing and defining our civic buildings, and the built world as a whole.

For every new intake of students studying Pallasmaa s classic text, The Eyes of the Skin provides a totally fresh understanding of architecture and a new set of insights. I experience myself in the city, and the city exists through my embodied experience. 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.


I was not swayed by Pallasmaa’s argument. 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. And at the same time, a book like Thr Eyes of the Skin proves how intellectually limp so much phenomenology is.

The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, 3rd Edition

It asks the far-reaching question why, when there are five senses, has one single sense — sight — become so predominant in architectural culture and design? The Eyes Since the book’s first publication, interest in the role of the body and the senses has been emerging in both architectural philosophy and teaching. Silence, Time and Solitude The most essential auditory experience created by architecture is tranquillity.

The haptic world as experienced within the completely overlooked, misunderstood and utterly relevant boundaries of peripheral vision. The computer has perhaps drawn us away from the artists experience of his artistic vision through his body awareness. To ask other readers questions about The Eyes of the Skinplease sign up. Refresh and try again. The new edition also provides a foreword by theinternationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revisedintroduction by Pallasmaa himself.

The author constantly quoted from other authors. The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory and consists of two extended essays. It asks the far-reaching questionwhy, when there are five senses, has one single sense — sight— become so predominant in architectural culture and design?


Touch, smell, and taste are slow and sensuous.

So one should inject integrity to the building, and the building, being the powerful medium it is, will provide integrity to society? Our juuani have been blinded’. This is not a straightforward relationship, mind you, but one of back-and-forth understanding, in which life influences space and space juhan life. Architecture and the Senses Juhani Pallasmaa Limited preview – Account Options Sign in. I found it very distracting.

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 ‘Critique of Pure Reason.

Very short book, but quite lovely. Dec 20, Brian Sullivan rated it it was amazing. This is juhxni architecture should be The first jyhani the historical development of the ocular-centric paradigm in western culture since the Greeks, and its impact on the experience of the world and the nature of architecture.

I have no doubt that I will re-read this book many times, if only to see if I can’t make more sense of it. It compellingly provides a totally fresh insight into architectural culture.