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Body and Building

Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture. Body and Building

Format: Paperback
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd, Cambridge, Mass., United States
Imprint: MIT Press
Published: 15th Mar 2005
Dimensions: w 203mm h 229mm d 31mm
Weight: 1339g
ISBN-10: 0262541831
ISBN-13: 9780262541831
Barcode No: 9780262541831
Essays on the changing relationship of the human body and architecture. Since Greek antiquity, the human body has been regarded as a microcosm of universal harmony. In this book, an international group of architects, architectural historians, and theorists examines the relation of the human body and architecture. The essays view well-known buildings, texts, paintings, ornaments, and landscapes from the perspective of the body's physical, psychological, and spiritual needs and pleasures. Topics include Greek temples; the churches of Tadao Ando in Japan; Renaissance fortresses and paintings; the body, space, and dwelling in Wright's and Schindler's houses in North America; the corporeal dimension of Carlo Scarpa's landscapes and gardens; theory from Vitruvius to the Renaissance and Enlightenment; and Freudian psychoanalysis. The essays are framed by an appreciation of architectural historian and theorist Joseph Rykwert's influential work on the subject.

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...fascinating essays of lasting interest, to which a short review cannot do justice. -- Kate Fusin * The Architect's Journal * A fitting tribute to the first 75 years of the Rykwert stable. * Building Design *