The eye of the skin architecture

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) IN ARCHITECTURETHEORIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM (ARC61303/ARC2224)SYNOPSIS: REACTION PAPER (MARCH 2016) [5 MARKS]

NAME: MEERA NAZREENID: 0309630

LECTURER: MS IDATUTORIAL TIME: 2-4

SYNOPSIS NO: 3READER TITLE: THE EYES OF THE SKINhe proclaim ARCHITECTURE AND THE SENSES

AUTHOR: JUHANI PALLASMAA

This book written by Juhani Pallasmaa, highlighting the importance of humans sensory in regards to architecture. He proclaimed that a sensory architecture in opposition to the prevailing visual understanding of the art of building. In the second part of the book, which is the main of this summary is, Pallasmaa survey the interactions of the senses. From Merleau-Pontys quote in the The Body Is the Centre, which the author of this book pointed out, sensory experience is unstable and alien to natural perception, I think what he was trying to point out is that ones experience to a building or architecture could differ from another. The experience and understanding of an architecture would not be as impressive and significant if the experience were to be told to you by someone else. When we go out there and experience the architecture ourselves, we are creating our own image for the world. Apart from that, each experience an individual go through affects them differently. The next part of part two is the Multi-Sensory Experience. Pallasmaa mentioned that our vision affect the other senses of our body, meaning that our experience is strengthen by our multiple sensory. He gave us an example which is through a walk in the forest. The feeling of being within the forest invoked by peripheral vision, our other senses tingle as well. Pallasmaa gives an example for each sense in questions through the description of nature. By being in nature, all of the sensory are being used, thus will completes the experience of the space. He also links the sense of smell with memory, saying that it is the strongest mediums added to an individuals memory of an experience. Basically I think that the author of this book is discussing on the importance of all the senses in a design process. If an architecture possesses a great combination of all the senses, it would be further appreciated as well as being remembered more as the experience would be unforgettable.

WORD COUNT: 331DATE: 30th May 2016MARK: GRADE:

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