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The Eyes of the Skin


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FOREWORD Thin Ice by Steven Holl 6 INTRODUCTION Touching the World by 10 Juhani Pallasmaa PART ONE Vision and Knowledge 18 Critics of Ocularcentrism 22 The Narcissistic and Nihilistic Eye 24 Oral versus Visual Space 25 Retinal Architecture and the Loss of Plasticity 28 An Architecture of Visual Images 33 Materiality and Time 34 The Rejection of Alberti's Window 37 A New Vision and Sensory Balance 40 PART TWO The Body in the Centre 43 Multi-Sensory Experience 44 The Signifi cance of the Shadow 50 Acoustic Intimacy 53 Silence, Time and Solitude 55 Spaces of Scent 58 The Shape of Touch 60 The Taste of Stone 63 Images of Muscle and Bone 64 Images of Action 67 Bodily Identification 69 Mimesis of the Body 71 Spaces of Memory and Imagination 72 An Architecture of the Senses 75 The Task of Architecture 76 A DOOR HANDLE, A HANDSHAKE An introduction to Juhani Pallasmaa and his work by Peter MacKeith 78 NOTES 110 INDEX 123 PICTURE CREDITS 127

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Juhani Pallasmaa is one of Finland's most distinguished architects and architectural thinkers. His previous positions include: Rector of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki; Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki; and Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology. He has also held visiting professorships at several universities worldwide. Pallasmaa is the author/editor of over thirty books, including The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses (Academy, 1995 and John Wiley & Sons, 2005), The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture (John Wiley & Sons, 2009) and The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture (John Wiley & Sons, 2011). Peter MacKeith is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St Louis. He has held academic positions and worked in design practices in both Finland and the United States, and has written and lectured extensively on Finnish and Nordic architecture.

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