Juhani Pallasmaa – The Eyes of the Skin

Pallasmaa (a well known architect ), wrote this book which  primarily tries to highlight the importance of the entire sensory experience within architecture, and not just the singular focus on the visual impact which a building can have on a person. He had become aware and subsequently worried by the dominance of vision as the primary sense – which is the same argument I seek to address in my practice. This bias towards vision above the other senses is often referred to as Ocularcentrism.  Pallasmaa  goes further to explain what might be the consequences of this, as creating a sense of detachment and alienation – were we cannot make connections between the body and the building, the two are so separate that the body cannot make sense of itself within the space.

–  In order to make sense of ourselves and the things around us we must have the ability to use all our senses to interpret whats happening – a multi sensory experience.

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