Body, Memory, and Architecture

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Yale University Press, 1977 - Photography - 147 pages
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As teachers of architectural design, Kent Bloomer and Charles Moore have attempted to introduce architecture from the standpoint of how buildings are experienced, how the affect individuals and communities emotionally and provide us with a sense of joy, identity, and place.
In giving priority to these issues and in questioning the professional reliance on abstract two-dimensional drawings, they often find themselves in conflict with a general and undebated assumption that architecture is a highly specialized system with a set of prescribed technical goals, rather than a sensual social art historically derived from experiences and memories of the human body. This book, an outgrowth of their joint teaching efforts, places the human body at the center of our understanding of architectural form.
Body, Memory, and Architecture traces the significance of the body from its place as the divine organizing principle in the earliest built forms to its near elimination from architectural thought in this century. The authors draw on contemporary models of spatial perception as well as on body-image theory in arguing for a return of the body to its proper place in the architectural equation.

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This is a quite excellent book and original in intent, form, and content. I found it an inspiration when i first read it and it contains messages that all architects need to absorb.

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"The Human body is the center of understanding of the architectural form".
Buildings are something we experience everyday & sometimes it effects us emotionally; providing us with senses of joy
, happiness and fulfillment.
All through history we find ourselves developing ways to build & seize to find a meaning. In the Greek times, the column was a symbol of power and as time passed the Romans fussed it to the famous arched wall...We continue to develop methods & in the very process we have forgotten to relate it to ourselves.
Each building offers a unique & profound experience once it relates to the very casual things we do everyday. A fire place laying in the heart of a home produces unforgettable memories of a family sitting by it daily to discuss the daily agitations of life. A room in the attic is a beholder of all those memories which in time have been summoned into boxes & rusted in time, where only time will seize to forget what amazing treasures it beholds.
Together Bloomer & Charles Moore join their efforts to teach the fundamentals of architectural design where experiences is essential and the human body is the center of all measurements.


The Mechanization of Architecture
The Sense of Beauty
Some TwentiethCentury Models
BodyImage Theory
Body Memory and Community
Body Movement
Place Path Pattern and Edge
Human Identity in Memorable Places

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