This item has been added to your basket View basket Checkout. Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. First published in , The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. 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. This third edition is intended to meet students 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 an outline of his architectural thinking. The new edition will includes a new preface by the internationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revised introduction by Pallasmaa himself. Added to basket.
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The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses. October Architectural Record online site. He practices the unanalysable architecture of the senses whose phenomenal properties concretise his writings towards a philosophy of architecture.
He wishes for tectonic logic to arise from clarity in the philosophical 5 Pallasmaa, Juhani. This intention is made clear not only through his own declarations,8 but is communicated in his choice of language, syntax and structure in the presentation of his ideas. Pallasmaa provides them with a great directory of resources, opening the door for deeper research.
He identiies it as part of a larger transdiscliplinary conversation, providing context and weight that underlines his book as particularly relevant to the science and study of our time. In his introduction, Pallasmaa reveals that parts 1 and 2 of the book have their origins in different sources. It is telling that, despite the facility with which he could have done so, Pallasmaa chose not to integrate the two into a seamless whole.
The Eyes of the Skin : Architecture and the Senses
The main sources of his work - a seminar on Architectural Phenomenology he conducted at the Royal Danish 12 loc. What is the psychological pathology of this fracturing of senses? What effect does this separation between the self and the world have on human consciousness, memory and understanding of space19? Though a number of these concepts and questions may be familiar to some, his concise phrasing of the absolute essentials - in concept and in context - is easily grasped, allowing the novice to enter and engage in the discussion.
In fact, several times Pallasmaa refers to this work as a survey,20 inarguably proclaiming itself an overview - an introduction to a much larger topic.
Part two, says Pallasmaa, reads much like a collection of musings,21 a series of interconnected ideas free of absolutism and prescription. Part 2 of The Eyes of the Skin can most certainly be read independently of the irst; it opens with a brief overview of the preceding section. The negative development in architecture is, of course, forcefully supported by forces and patterns of management, organisation and production as well as by the abstracting and universalising impact of technological rationality itself.
The negative developments in the realm of the senses cannot, either, be directly attributed to the historical privileging of the sense of vision itself. The perception of sight as our most important sense is well grounded in physiological, perceptual and psychological facts. This separation and reduction fragments the innate complexity, comprehensiveness and plasticity of the perceptual system, reinforcing a sense of detachment and alienation.