- Hardcover: 130 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (May 14, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1119941288
- ISBN-13: 978-1119941286
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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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The main theme of the book, is that our cultural fixation with our eyes, neglects the importance of the other human bodily sensors, such as touch, smell, hearing, to the detriment of our built environment. This detriment to our other senses, besides vision, is manifest, according to the author, in our thoughtless architectural surroundings, which is symtomatically displayed in societies obsession with the screen, our ultimate scopic fixation.
"The Eyes of the Skin" is not an original topic of contemporary concern. Ocular fixation has been investigated by many other writers including Hal Foster and Martin Jay for example. To Pallasmaa's credit he does have extensive reseach included in the book by these various authors. What may be original about this book besides Pallasmaa being a practicing designer/architect, is that he has poetically penned his investigations to help his readers understand the interrelationship of the built environment to the human condition.