Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture

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MIT Press, 2002 - Architecture - 427 pages
Since Greek antiquity, the human body has been regarded as a microcosm of universal harmony. In this book, an international group of architects, architectural historians, and theorists examines the relation of the human body and architecture. The essays view well-known buildings, texts, paintings, ornaments, and landscapes from the perspective of the body's physical, psychological, and spiritual needs and pleasures. Topics include Greek temples; the churches of Tadao Ando in Japan; Renaissance fortresses and paintings; the body, space, and dwelling in Wright's and Schindler's houses in North America; the corporeal dimension of Carlo Scarpa's landscapes and gardens; theory from Vitruvius to the Renaissance and Enlightenment; and Freudian psychoanalysis. The essays are framed by an appreciation of architectural historian and theorist Joseph Rykwert's influential work on the subject.
 

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Contents

Preface
Introduction A Promise as Well as a Memory Toward an Intellectual Biography of Joseph Rykwert
2
The Architectonics of Embodiment
28
Greek Temple and Greek Brain
44
Doric Figuration
64
Contemplating Perfection through Pieros Eyes
78
Reclining Bodies Figural Ornament in Renaissance Architecture
94
Body Diagram and Geometry in the Renaissance Fortress
114
Body and Building inside the Bauhauss Darker Side On Oskar Schlemmer
226
Desiring LandscapesLandscapes of Desire Scopic and Somatic in the Brion Sanctuary
238
A Tradition of Architectural Figures A Search for Vita Beata
258
Sitting in the City or The Body in the World
268
Upright or Flexible? Exercising Posture in Modern Architecture
290
Corporeal Experience in the Architecture of Tadao Ando
304
Epilogue Joseph Rykwert An Anthropologist of Architectural History?
320
Notes
326

Dancing with Vitruvius Corporeal Fantasies in Northern Classicism
126
On Inigo Jones and the Stuart Legal Body Justice and Equityand Proportions Appertaining
138
Sphere and Cross Vitruvian Reflections on the Pantheon Type
150
CharlesEtienne Briseux The Musical Body and the Limits of Instrumentality in Architecture
164
The Foreigner
190
Vitruvius Crucifxus Architecture Mimesis and the Death Instinct
210
References
368
Bibliography of Joseph Rykwert
398
Contributors
404
Index
412
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George Dodds is Professor of History and Theory in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee.

Robert Tavernor is Professor and Head of Architecture at the University of Bath and a practicing architect. His previous books include a translation (with Joseph Rykwert and Neil Leach) of Alberti's "On the Art of Building in Ten Books"; and "Palladio and Palladianism".

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