Juhani Pallasmaa Talk - The (R)evolution of the Senses / A (R)evolução dos Sentidos @Folio 2017
[PDF Download] The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses [PDF] Full Ebook
This book was written by Juhani Pallasmaa with regard to Polemics, on issues that were part of the architecture discourse of the time, i. It is also an extending of ideas expressed in an essay entitled Architecture of the seven senses1 published in As suggested by the title, this piece of literature attempts to highlight the importance of sensory experience in architecture. It is indeed a response to what the author terms as ocularcentrism of Modern Architecture. Ocularcentrism is the act of prioritizing visual stimuli to all other sensory stimuli available to a human perception. He quotes famous German poet, Goethe, in his defense, the hands want to see, the eyes want to caress2 Firstly, Pallasma discusses at length the sensory deprivation and distance caused by ocularcentrism; and how this keeps architecture from being as wholesome as it is capable of. This is so, as architecture today does not Pallasmaa argues, take into account, peripheral vision, shifting of focus, memory, and imagination.
He recalls that occupied by the visual sense we suppress what is utmost important — and that is the spatial experience we are invited to. You probably wonder what this has to do with fishing. But just like architecture provides a space, which is inhabited — fishing means inhabiting a space built by nature, evolving constantly. If it is important to think of architecture by sensing past the obvious exterior — meaning taking the oblivious into account … to feel connected to far more than what we see-it is just as important to contain what has been constructed by nature to make sure that beauty is still sensed in the future…. Sight is our dominant sense. We constantly rely on it as we study and categorize our surroundings.
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