Body and Building
Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture
Essays on the changing relationship of the human body and architecture.
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.
HardcoverOut of Print ISBN: 9780262041959 438 pp. | 8 in x 9 in 110 illus.
Paperback$50.00 T ISBN: 9780262541831 438 pp. | 8 in x 9 in 110 illus.
A fitting tribute to the first 75 years of the Rykwert stable.
...fascinating essays of lasting interest, to which a short review cannot do justice.
The Architect's Journal