Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture

Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture

It took me a while, but on my flight back from Chicago, I finally got to read this short collection of essays authored by Steven Holl, Alberto Perez-Gomez, and Juhani Pallasmaa. This new edition of the A+U 1994 special issue brings back arguably one of the most important treatises on architectural theory in recent years. These three separate essays are thematically linked: each one tries to explain the role that human perception and phenomenological experience play in architecture.

The authors take the position that, unlike the critic and philosopher, the architect must embrace the contradictions between perception and logic, the slippage between architectural intention and realization, and the unpredictability of the future’s judgment upon the acting present….

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