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Peter MacKeith is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St Louis. He has held academic positions and worked in design practices in both Finland and the United States, and has written and lectured extensively on Finnish and Nordic architecture.
Table of Contents
FOREWORD Thin Ice by Steven Holl 6
INTRODUCTION Touching the World by 10
Vision and Knowledge 18
Critics of Ocularcentrism 22
The Narcissistic and Nihilistic Eye 24
Oral versus Visual Space 25
Retinal Architecture and the Loss of Plasticity 28
An Architecture of Visual Images 33
Materiality and Time 34
The Rejection of Alberti's Window 37
A New Vision and Sensory Balance 40
The Body in the Centre 43
Multi-Sensory Experience 44
The Signifi cance of the Shadow 50
Acoustic Intimacy 53
Silence, Time and Solitude 55
Spaces of Scent 58
The Shape of Touch 60
The Taste of Stone 63
Images of Muscle and Bone 64
Images of Action 67
Bodily Identification 69
Mimesis of the Body 71
Spaces of Memory and Imagination 72
An Architecture of the Senses 75
The Task of Architecture 76
A DOOR HANDLE, A HANDSHAKE An introduction to Juhani Pallasmaa and his work by Peter MacKeith 78
PICTURE CREDITS 127