By George Dodds, Robert Tavernor
On account that Greek antiquity, the human physique has been considered as a microcosm of common concord. during this booklet, a world staff of architects, architectural historians, and theorists examines the relation of the human physique and structure. The essays view famous constructions, texts, work, adorns, and landscapes from the point of view of the body's actual, mental, and religious wishes and pleasures. themes contain Greek temples; the church buildings of Tadao Ando in Japan; Renaissance fortresses and work; the physique, house, and living in Wright's and Schindler's homes in North the United States; the corporeal measurement of Carlo Scarpa's landscapes and gardens; concept 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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1). 12 In his Hexaemeron St. 1 Microcosmos. MS. Cod. 126000, f. B. Vienna, twelfth century. 14 There is little doubt that the phenomenon of microcosm poses serious difficulties to modern thinking. Yet if we ignore the problematic speculations, the excessive level of mysticism, and the excessive physical or naturalistic analogies (such as “man’s hair is like a grass, his veins and arteries like rivers and canals and his bones like mountains”),15 then we are likely to be rewarded by a surprising richness and depth of understanding of the relation between the human body and the world—their common corporeality and meaning.
The Stoics believed that “nothing can act or be acted upon without body nor can anything create space except the void and emptiness. 8 On this basis it became possible to read the meanings traditionally associated with the incorporeal nature of the soul directly into the visible manifestation of the body. It was under the influence of this radicalized, and in a certain sense distorted, Aristotelian understanding of corporeality that the Vitruvian doctrine of the body came into existence. In the Vitruvian understanding of corporeality, which was strongly influenced by Stoic philosophy (Posidonios), the relation of body and soul was no longer clear.
The distance that separates architecture from ideas or numbers cannot be bridged directly and in a simple way. The task is open to mediation, but this is never a perfect or complete process because human understanding and modes of representation limit it. Representation is mediated through culture, and thus primarily through philosophy, science, literature, music, painting, sculpture, and architecture. In a hierarchically differentiated way, each area represents a particular mode of articulation with a corresponding mode of embodiment.
Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture by George Dodds, Robert Tavernor