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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.
"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"
|Introduction: "A Promise as Well as a Memory": Toward an Intellectual Biography of Joseph Rykwert||p. 2|
|The Architectonics of Embodiment||p. 28|
|Greek Temple and Greek Brain||p. 44|
|Doric Figuration||p. 64|
|Contemplating Perfection through Piero's Eyes||p. 78|
|Reclining Bodies: Figural Ornament in Renaissance Architecture||p. 94|
|Body, Diagram, and Geometry in the Renaissance Fortress||p. 114|
|Dancing with Vitruvius: Corporeal Fantasies in Northern Classicism||p. 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 Type||p. 150|
|Charles-Etienne Briseux: The Musical Body and the Limits of Instrumentality in Architecture||p. 164|
|The Foreigner||p. 190|
|Vitruvius Crucifixus: Architecture, Mimesis, and the Death Instinct||p. 210|
|Body and Building inside the Bauhaus's Darker Side: On Oskar Schlemmer||p. 226|
|Desiring Landscapes/Landscapes of Desire: Scopic and Somatic in the Brion Sanctuary||p. 238|
|A Tradition of Architectural Figures: A Search for Vita Beata||p. 258|
|Sitting in the City, or The Body in the World||p. 268|
|Upright or Flexible? Exercising Posture in Modern Architecture||p. 290|
|Corporeal Experience in the Architecture of Tadao Ando||p. 304|
|Epilogue: Joseph Rykwert: An Anthropologist of Architectural History?||p. 320|
|Bibliography of Joseph Rykwert||p. 396|
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Series: The MIT Press
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 11th February 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 20.3 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.2