By George Dodds, Robert Tavernor

ISBN-10: 0262041952

ISBN-13: 9780262041959

ISBN-10: 0262541831

ISBN-13: 9780262541831

ISBN-10: 1423729803

ISBN-13: 9781423729808

Because Greek antiquity, the human physique has been considered as a microcosm of common concord. during this ebook, a global team of architects, architectural historians, and theorists examines the relation of the human physique and structure. The essays view recognized structures, texts, work, embellishes, and landscapes from the point of view of the body's actual, mental, and non secular wishes and pleasures. themes comprise Greek temples; the church buildings of Tadao Ando in Japan; Renaissance fortresses and work; the physique, house, and residing in Wright's and Schindler's homes in North the United States; the corporeal measurement of Carlo Scarpa's landscapes and gardens; conception from Vitruvius to the Renaissance and Enlightenment; and Freudian psychoanalysis. The essays are framed through an appreciation of architectural historian and theorist Joseph Rykwert's influential paintings at the topic.

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The first three focus on embodiment and on revisionist readings of architectural and other artifacts from the ancient world. These are followed by a group that looks at a series of cultural products across Europe between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries: paintings, buildings, sculpture, fortifications, and texts. The last group studies a wide series of contemporary phenomena, both social and cultural. ” He demurs at Vitruvius’s characterization, arguing that the primary tradition of the body (and for that matter of “embodiment” itself) has not been a Vitruvian one.

After all, the central analytic focus of his research is (speaking almost archaeologically) several levels below the operative layer within which most cultural and, even more particularly, design praxes have been promulgated by such contemporaries as Hejduk and Rowe. 24 It seems to me instead that the Rykwertian school will surely lie for some indeterminate period of time largely operationally invisible, obscured in that very phenomenological thickness of history that I have called the central focus of his personal historiographical project.

And hence it is that man is called a microcosm or little world. 26 Participation and reception refer to the most important aspect of analogy: its symbolic nature. In the process of symbolization, analogy articulates the relationship between soul and body, between the intelligible order of reality and its visible corporeal manifestations. The process of symbolization belongs to the vertical organization of our culture, where the high and low, divine and human, were related and mediated by a sequence of stages, better known as the Chain of Being (Catena Rerum).

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