The Phenomenology of Architecture: A short Introduction of Juhani Pallasmaa

Tamari, Tomoko. 2016. The Phenomenology of Architecture: A short Introduction of Juhani Pallasmaa. Body & Society, 23(1), pp. 1-4. ISSN 1357-034X [Article]

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This piece focuses on the work of Juhani Pallasmaa who introduces phenomenological aspects of kinesthetic and multisensory perception of the human body into architecture theory. He argues that hand-drawing is a vital spatial and haptic exercise in facilitating architectural design. Through this process, architecture can emerge as the very ‘material’ existence of human embodied ‘immaterial’ emotion, feelings and wisdom. Hence, for Pallasmaa, architecture can be seen as an artistic practice, which entails multisensory and embodied thought in order to establish the sense of being in the world.

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architecture, phenomenology, senses, kinesthetic, embodiment, Juhani Pallasmaa

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Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)


7 October 2016Accepted
13 December 2016Published

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10 Jan 2017 15:46

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29 Apr 2020 17:05

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