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Since the book’s first publication, interest in the role of the body and the senses has been emerging in juhwni architectural philosophy and teaching. This new, revised and extended edition of this seminal work will eyee 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 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. 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.

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Lists with This Book. Nov 17, Clif Brittain rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Some art you want to consume, other art makes you want to run the other direction.

This book helps you understand why. This book explores a lot of stuff we take for granted. Or more usually, ignore. In contemporary society, vision is our primary sense. It is also probably our most impersonal sense.

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

You are reading this with your eyes. Before we were literat “Please don’t lick the art.

Before we were literate, I would have been telling you this. We spend a lot of time looking at pages, absorbing information on a two-dimensional scale. Many contemporary buildings are designed from the point of view of how they will look on a printed page, not how they will feel when you walk in. Cities are designed as a two-dimensional grid, with efficiency of transport, not pleasure in being transported, as the goal.

With few exceptions, natural beauty is obliterated as an obstacle. Television has displaced print as our primary information and entertainment media. I am constantly amazed at the speed of the images on the screen.


I’ll bet images a minute is not unusual in television production. Our other senses are not so kaleidoscopic.

The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

Touch, smell, and taste are slow and sensuous. The book is full of such insights reminders? Our relationship to architecture is so important and yet so mindless. This book helps bring us back to appreciation of our constructed environment. Why only four stars? I found the book pretty disjointed.

I was constantly re-reading to see if I missed something. The author constantly quoted from other authors. I found it very distracting. 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. Mar 31, Mon rated it really liked it Shelves: Everyone loves this book. Well, at least all the architects I know. But then my only juuani seem to all be designers, so not that much diversity of opinion there. I guess I should address my Goodreader friends as well.

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. But, as if I actually Everyone loves this book. But, as if I actually need to convince you to read this, it’s like saying ‘No don’t bother with Ulysses, it’s pretty dismissible compared to, I don’t know, every single work of literature out there or something.

Really – pallasmaq at it, it actually fits in my bag. There seems to be a misunderstanding of computer imaging as a purely evil Cartesian flattening of skinn souls, but digital representation can also be considered in non-visual terms or serves as a transformation of bodily boundary.

Wow, I sound pretty cynical here, maybe because I’ve met the guy and his speech was rather redundant. Anyway, great book, highly recommended for quotes and references with that essay you’ve been putting off for weeks. Also highly recommended for optometrists. Glasses are so overpriced. Mar 02, mahatmanto rated it really eyess it Recommends it for: May 29, keivan rated it it was ok. May 31, Tara Brabazon rated it it was amazing.

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 senses are activated in and through architecture and the built environment. Logging the ocularcentric nature of most architecture theory, Pallasmaa evokes sound and silencebut also scent and texture in a profoundly moving and effective way.

Most significantly, there is attention to memory, passion a A beautiful book and inspirational. Most significantly, there is attention to memory, passion and imagination and how they are summoned, triggered and enhanced through architecture. But the quality of the writing alone is inspiration for readers and writers. Sep 10, Kio Stark rated it really liked it. Jun 17, Afra Anan Saba rated it it was amazing. This is my first architectural read which purely deals with philosophy.

And I am pretty sure I will re-read this book soon. Aug 17, Andrew Fairweather rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 you’ve got yourself a hit!


Essentially, Pallasmaa enframes his practical prescription for the 21st century architecture as up against a Western “visual bias” which he is able to trace back to ancient Greek philosophy all the way to Modern Western thought. Never mind that Plato in ‘Phaedrus’ warns of 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 you’ve got yourself a hit!

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. Does this properly account for the poverty of architecture today? I was not swayed by Pallasmaa’s argument. I’d say that what marks architecture these days is an offshoot of a control society, its attempt to control the senses and passions of its citizenry.

Yes, this is distinctly alienating in a visual sense. Structures, though built, seem to tear at their surroundings, destroying context, insisting on shallow recognition of presence above all else. Pallasmaa is entirely correct when he states that, “The narcissistic eye views architecture solely as a means of self-expression, and as an intellectual-artistic game detached from essential mental and societal connections [ I just don’t understand this. I think that an architectural project which seeks to either control by atomizing its inhabitants or merely flatter the self-expression of the architect will result in an isolation of ALL the senses.

Surely our visual culture also suffers as a result. Truly, the real danger is a reification of categories. In a society of mass produced space the entire plalasmaa of senses are reinforced and predictable. How is the visual significantly different? The search for instantaneity and immediate impact has withered all of our senses—but more importantly, it has reified categories of thinking which serve to quell the furnaces of imagination.

A proper architectural philosophy would, in my humble opinion, never operate out of context.

More than anything though, it would seek to address the needs of people with a belief in the integrity of the human spirit, rather than cynically attempting to control people or try to prevent societal variables. Architecture, more than anything, is these days either an exercise in paranoia or the self gratification of the designer. Rectifying this would surely be a great first step in creating an architecture ‘for all the senses.

But like many treatises on art it remains far too academic. The book is nevertheless well written and clear.

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