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Body and Building : Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture - George Dodds

Body and Building

Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture

By: George Dodds (Editor), Robert Tavernor (Editor)

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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." - The Architects' Journal, Books of the Year; "A fitting tribute to the first 75 years of the Rykwert stable." - Building Design"

Prefacep. viii
Introduction: "A Promise as Well as a Memory": Toward an Intellectual Biography of Joseph Rykwertp. 2
The Architectonics of Embodimentp. 28
Greek Temple and Greek Brainp. 44
Doric Figurationp. 64
Contemplating Perfection through Piero's Eyesp. 78
Reclining Bodies: Figural Ornament in Renaissance Architecturep. 94
Body, Diagram, and Geometry in the Renaissance Fortressp. 114
Dancing with Vitruvius: Corporeal Fantasies in Northern Classicismp. 126
On Inigo Jones and the Stuart Legal Body: "Justice and Equity... and Proportions Appertaining"p. 138
Sphere and Cross: Vitruvian Reflections on the Pantheon Typep. 150
Charles-Etienne Briseux: The Musical Body and the Limits of Instrumentality in Architecturep. 164
The Foreignerp. 190
Vitruvius Crucifixus: Architecture, Mimesis, and the Death Instinctp. 210
Body and Building inside the Bauhaus's Darker Side: On Oskar Schlemmerp. 226
Desiring Landscapes/Landscapes of Desire: Scopic and Somatic in the Brion Sanctuaryp. 238
A Tradition of Architectural Figures: A Search for Vita Beatap. 258
Sitting in the City, or The Body in the Worldp. 268
Upright or Flexible? Exercising Posture in Modern Architecturep. 290
Corporeal Experience in the Architecture of Tadao Andop. 304
Epilogue: Joseph Rykwert: An Anthropologist of Architectural History?p. 320
Notesp. 326
Referencesp. 368
Bibliography of Joseph Rykwertp. 396
Contributorsp. 402
Indexp. 410
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ISBN: 9780262541831
ISBN-10: 0262541831
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 11th February 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 19.05  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.34

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