Merleau-Ponty for Architects

Routledge, 2017 - 144 Seiten
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The philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) has influenced the design work of architects as diverse as Steven Holl and Peter Zumthor, as well as informing renowned schools of architectural theory, notably those around Dalibor Vesely at Cambridge, Kenneth Frampton, David Leatherbarrow and Alberto Pérez-Gómez in North America and Juhani Pallasmaa in Finland. Merleau-Ponty suggested that the value of people's experience of the world gained through their immediate bodily engagement with it remains greater than the value of understanding gleaned through abstract mathematical, scientific or technological systems.

This book summarizes what Merleau-Ponty's philosophy has to offer specifically for architects. It locates architectural thinking in the context of his work, placing it in relation to themes such as space, movement, materiality and creativity, introduces key texts, helps decode difficult terms and provides quick reference for further reading.

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Jonathan Hale is an architect and an associate professor in architecture at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of: Building Ideas: An introduction to architectural theory (Wiley 2000) and Ends Middles Beginnings: Edward Cullinan Architects (Black Dog 2005), and a co-editor of: Rethinking Technology; A reader in architectural theory (Routledge 2007) and From Models to Drawings (Routledge 2007). He has previously taught at the University of Bath; Philadelphia University and Drexel University, and has been an invited lecturer at universities in the USA, Sweden, China and New Zealand.

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