Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body by George Dodds, Robert Tavernor

By George Dodds, Robert Tavernor

On the grounds that Greek antiquity, the human physique has been considered as a microcosm of common concord. during this e-book, a world team of architects, architectural historians, and theorists examines the relation of the human physique and structure. The essays view famous structures, texts, work, adorns, and landscapes from the viewpoint of the body's actual, mental, and non secular wishes and pleasures. subject matters comprise Greek temples; the church buildings of Tadao Ando in Japan; Renaissance fortresses and work; the physique, area, and living in Wright's and Schindler's homes in North the United States; the corporeal size of Carlo Scarpa's landscapes and gardens; concept from Vitruvius to the Renaissance and Enlightenment; and Freudian psychoanalysis. The essays are framed via an appreciation of architectural historian and theorist Joseph Rykwert's influential paintings at the topic.

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Tracing the gradual influence of Italian precedent through Germany and the Low Countries, Mallgrave shows how the strong, extant cultural context of the Gothic in which artists like Vredeman de Vries, Dietterlin, and even Rubens were working, together with the significantly lesser commitment to fastidious correctness operative in northern Europe, led to a robust corporeality in their paintings, engravings, and buildings that often surpasses the work of the southerners they ostensibly emulate. Hart takes up the topic of the “Stuart Legal Body,” in Britain in the seventeenth century, showing how, in Inigo Jones’s Banqueting Hall, a quite explicit analogy was drawn between the “column” and the perfect body of the king.

Thus it is reasonable to hold that the Tetraktys is the fount of universal Nature. ]44 The ontological meaning of embodiment is closely linked with the phenomena of proportion, in the sense that one speaks for the other. In the primary tradition in which proportion is understood dialectically, the relationship between different levels of reality coincides with the degree of their embodiment. ”45 The philosophy of light was incorporated into architectural thinking and found its expression in the overall vertical organization of the architectural body.

24 In both cases the conventional vision of the body—distinct from the soul—appears as an abstraction that obscures the traditional notion of corporeality manifested as embodiment and animation. The analogy of body and architecture, or body and cosmos, would be incomprehensible without a mediating link or structure between such ontologically different realities. It is all too easy to say that cosmic order is reflected in the human body, or that the proportions and configuration of architectural elements can be derived from the human body.

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