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Yes, this is distinctly alienating in a visual sense. Jul 28, Tasnim Hussam rated it it was amazing. It asks the far-reaching question why, when there are five senses, has one single skih — sight — become so predominant in architectural culture and design?

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The significance of architecture is found in the distance between it and function” I think The subject of metaphysics of architecture is rather personal, but he seems not confident in sharing his own perspective.

Description First published inThe Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. By clicking “Accept”, you agree to our terms and may continue to use Kinfolk. Refresh and try again. Pallasmaa writes so articulately, the expression ‘masterpiece’ is, for once, entirely deserved. Pallasmaa seems to find exactly the right balance — he tends to sway towards a nostalgia, a hankering after the way things once were, but he never loses his grip on the ‘now’, providing the solutions to counter the mind-numbing, dumbing-down of the senses that today’s plethora of mediocre architecture inflicts upon us juhnai built for the masses and enjoyed by none.


This story is wyes Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Two, available here. The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory and consists of two extended essays.

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.

Selected pages Title Page. Request an Evaluation Copy for this title. Most significantly, there is attention to memory, passion and imagination and how they are summoned, triggered and enhanced through architecture.

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

Zeer goed boek, ingewikkeld, maar heel diep. Thus, having concentrated on looking -and in relation to reading rather than listening to stories- we have lost our humanness, and have transformed into a form that is no longer capable of relating to the world without letters, signs, an alphabet, tools that are considered to be the seeds of abstract thought by the author.

It is also probably our most impersonal sense. In a society of mass produced space the entire cocktail of senses are reinforced and predictable.

Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses – Kinfolk

We spend a lot of time looking at pages, absorbing information on a two-dimensional scale. Pallasmaa’s writing is gorgeous, provocative, contemplative, and completely lacking in rigor.


He writes with care and passion about our built environment, and it sticks enough that you wind up contemplating the ramifications of his ideas as wander through the spaces of your day-to-day life. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

Television has displaced print as our primary information and entertainment media. In just very few pages Pallasmaa elaborates on issues syes phenomenology difficult to be expressed.

To continue reading this story, click here. May 31, Tara Brabazon rated it it was amazing. The new edition also provides a foreword by the internationally renowned architect Steven Holl and a revised introduction by Pallasmaa himself.

Account Options Sign in. I was not swayed by Pallasmaa’s argument.

He has also held visiting professorships at several universities worldwide. Oct 21, g rated it did not like it Shelves: In this rather slim, easy-to-read volume, Pallasmaa makes a convincing case for architecture and space as more than just visual treat, but as something that is inevitably, inherently lived in, experienced with the whole body of the person inhabiting such spaces. 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 second chapter is about the ‘other’ senses, and is focused on explaining the absence of such experiences from the modern city: You are reading this with your eyes.