The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

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. This new, revised and extended edition of this seminal work will not only inspire architects and students to design more holistic architecture, but will enrich the general reader's perception of the world around them.

The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory and consists of two extended essays. The first surveys 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. The second examines the role of the other senses in authentic architectural experiences, and points the way towards a multi-sensory architecture which facilitates a sense of belonging and integration.

Title:The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780470015780
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  • Clif Brittain

    "Please don't lick the art." Sign at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.There is no such sign on the IDS building or Crystal Court inside. Some art you want to consume, other art makes you want to ...

  • Mon

    Everyone loves this book. Well, at least all the architects I know. But then my only 'friends' seem to all be designers, so not that much diversity of opinion there. Not that I don't try, but people t...

  • Kio Stark

    total nonsense but full of evocative, useful phrases...

  • Andrew Fairweather

    With it's repeated condemnation of so-called "Western" sensibilities, this book is sure to tickle the fancy of many of today's readers—add a dash of Goldsmithian "Deserted Village" lamentations, and...

  • Tara Brabazon

    A beautiful book and inspirational. Pallasmaa is a remarkable writer and each sentence is evocative and can be the springboard for further analysis and thought. The short book investigates how the sen...

  • Valdimar

    http://arts.berkeley.edu/wp-content/u...possible 5. beautiful....

  • Afra Anan Saba

    This is my first architectural read which purely deals with philosophy. And I am pretty sure I will re-read this book soon....

  • Hind

    Beautiful fusion of architecture and philosophy...

  • Nana

    Beautifully written book! Starting from the vision hegemony dominating western culture since Classical Greece and the Cartesian abdication of the remaining senses projecting onto our ways of experienc...

  • Jane

    Insightful. I'm not a student of architecture but the points highlighted are clear amd distinct. It seems that it provided me a new perspective regarding art that is not entirely visual....