9780415416535

Disclosing Horizons: Architecture, Perspective and Redemptive Space

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415416535

  • ISBN10:

    0415416531

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 12/4/2006
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Disclosing Horizonsexamines the influence of perspective on architecture, highlighting how critical historical changes in the representation and perception of space continue to inform the way architects design. Since its earliest formulations, perspective was conceived as a paradigmatic articulation of space that influenced the rituals of everyday experience. Temple argues that underlying the symbolic and epistemological meanings of perspective there prevailed a deeply embedded redemptive view of the world that was deemed perfectible. Temple explores this idea through a genealogical survey of the cultural and philosophical contexts of perspective throughout history, highlighting how these developments influenced architectural thought. This broader historical enquiry is accompanied by a series of case-studies of modern or contemporary buildings, each demonstrating a particular affinity with the accompanying historical model of perspective.

Table of Contents

Illustration credits
ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction 1(3)
Order and chaos, or ``What to leave out?''
4(20)
Taking measures
4(8)
Nietzsche's perspectivism
12(2)
Being-in-the-world
14(6)
Alterity and infinity
20(1)
Visible and invisible
21(2)
What to leave out?
23(1)
Number, geometry and dialectic
24(52)
The origin of geometry
24(3)
Pythagoras and the unutterable
27(7)
The Meno
34(4)
The Timaeus
38(4)
Ad triangulum versus ad quadratum
42(2)
Triangulating perspective
44(6)
The School of Athens
50(15)
Louis Kahn's Yale Art Gallery
65(11)
Light, memory and colour
76(36)
Medieval transformations
76(2)
From memory to recorded document
78(3)
Light metaphysics
81(3)
Optical science
84(2)
Grosseteste's light
86(2)
The Bishop's Eye
88(8)
Light and perspective
96(5)
Light and the colour of experience
101(1)
Steven Holl's Chapel of St Ignatius
102(10)
Topography, rhetoric and the vanishing point
112(48)
Horizontal and vertical worlds
112(1)
Convivial settings
113(9)
Alberti's eye
122(18)
Nicholas Cusanus
140(3)
The Papal Window
143(7)
Alvaro Siza's Galician Centre for Contemporary Art
150(10)
Unity in multiplicity
160(39)
Baroque and universality
160(2)
Distentio animi and the dome
162(4)
Athanasius Kircher
166(7)
Leibniz and the monad
173(5)
J. B. Fischer von Erlach
178(6)
Hofbibliothek
184(7)
Peter Zumthor's St Benedict's Church
191(8)
Nature and immensity
199(31)
Transgressing boundaries
199(4)
The picturesque and the sublime
203(6)
Chambers and oikoumene
209(4)
Boullee's visionary perspectives
213(3)
Casper David Friedrich's studio
216(5)
Rem Koolhaas' EuraLille and ``I'Espace Piranesien''
221(9)
Disjointed views
230(32)
Attention and perspective
230(3)
Attention and distraction
233(4)
Illusion of a ``mastering totalisation''
237(4)
Magnification and distortion
241(4)
Gustave Moreau's house
245(5)
Eric Parry's artists' studios, London
250(12)
Conclusion: architecture that looks back at us 262(8)
Notes 270(30)
Index 300

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