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Description - Body and Building by George Dodds

Since Greek antiquity, the human body has been regarded as a microcosm of universal harmony. In this book, an international group of architects, architectural historians, and theorists examines the relation of the human body and architecture. The essays view well-known buildings, texts, paintings, ornaments, and landscapes from the perspective of the body's physical, psychological, and spiritual needs and pleasures. Topics include Greek temples; the churches of Tadao Ando in Japan; Renaissance fortresses and paintings; the body, space, and dwelling in Wright's and Schindler's houses in North America; the corporeal dimension of Carlo Scarpa's landscapes and gardens; theory from Vitruvius to the Renaissance and Enlightenment; and Freudian psychoanalysis. The essays are framed by an appreciation of architectural historian and theorist Joseph Rykwert's influential work on the subject.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262541831
ISBN-10: 0262541831
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 203mm x 31mm)
Pages: 438
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - George Dodds

George Dodds is Professor of History and Theory in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee.