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In praise of vagueness

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The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

The Eyes of the Skin [electronic resource] : Architecture and the Senses 

by Pallasmaa, Juhani.

Publisher: Somerset : Wiley, 2012.Edition: 3rd ed.Description: 1 online resource (110 p.).ISBN: 9781119943501.

Contents:

The Eyes of the Skin — Contents — Thin Ice — Foreword — TOUCHING THE WORLD JUHANI PALLASMAA — Introduction to the Third Edition — PART ONE — Vision and Knowledge — OCULARCENTRISM AND THE VIOLATION OF THE EYE — Critics of Ocularcentrism — The Narcissistic and Nihilistic Eye — Oral versus Visual Space — THE POWER AND THE WEAKNESS OF THE EYE — Retinal Architecture and the Loss of Plasticity — THE SUPPRESSION OF VISION – THE FUSION OF VISION AND TACTILITY — An Architecture of Visual Images — Materiality and Time — THE CITY OF THE EYE – THE HAPTIC CITY
The Rejection of Alberti’s Window — ARCHITECTURE AND THE HUMAN FIGURE — A New Vision and Sensory Balance — PART TWO — The Body in the Centre — Multi-Sensory Experience — THE CITY OF PARTICIPATION – THE CITY OF ALIENATION — The Significance of the Shadow — ARCHITECTURES OF HEARING AND SMELL — Acoustic Intimacy — Silence, Time and Solitude — SPACES OF INTIMATE WARMTH — Spaces of Scent — The Shape of Touch — THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SHADOW AND DARKNESS — The Taste of Stone — Images of Muscle and Bone — VISION AND HAPTICITY — Images of Action — Bodily Identification
PERIPHERAL VISION AND A SENSE OF INTERIORITY — Mimesis of the Body — Spaces of Memory and Imagination — LIFE-ENHANCING ARCHITECTURE OF THE SENSES — An Architecture of the Senses — The Task of Architecture — A Door Handle, A Handshake : An introduction to Juhani Pallasmaa and his work — Apertures — Poetics — NOTES — INDEX — PICTURE CREDITS

Summary: 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 and Sons, 2005), The Thinking Hand: Existential and Embodied Wisdom in Architecture (John Wiley and Sons, 2009) and The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture (John Wiley and Sons, 2011). Peter MacKeith is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design and 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.