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Body and building: essays on the changing relation of body and architecture

Dodds, George and Tavernor, Robert, eds. (2005) Body and building: essays on the changing relation of body and architecture. MIT Press, London, UK. ISBN 0262041952

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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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Additional Information: © 2002 MIT Press
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Cities (Cities Programme)
Departments > Sociology
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2008 08:05
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2014 12:47

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