Body and Building

Body and Building

Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture

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MIT Press

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.


Essays on the changing relationship of the human body and architecture.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2002
ISBN: 9780262271813
0262271818
9781423729808
1423729803
Characteristics: 1 online resource (427 pages) : illustrations

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