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Juhani Pallasmaa

Datum narození: 14. září 1936

Juhani Pallasmaa je finský architekt.


„Neměla by architektura směřovat k posílení rovnosti, lidské důstojnosti a optimismu namísto bezpodmínečného nabízení sebe sama účelům spotřeby a soukromým zájmům korporací?.“

„Neměla by architektura směřovat k posílení rovnosti, lidské důstojnosti a optimismu namísto bezpodmínečného nabízení sebe sama účelům spotřeby a soukromým zájmům korporací?. “


„The door handle is the handshake of the building.“ The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

„I confront the city with my body; my legs measure the length of the arcade and the width of the square; my gaze unconsciously projects my body onto the facade of the cathedral, where it roams over the mouldings and contours, sensing the size of recesses and projections; my body weight meets the mass of the cathedral door, and my hand grasps the door pull as I enter the dark void behind. I experience myself in the city, and the city exists through my embodied experience. The city and my body supplement and define each other. I dwell in the city and the city dwells in me.“ The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

„The computer is usually seen as a solely beneficial invention, which liberates human fantasy and facilitates efficient design work. I wish to express my serious concern in this respect, at least considering the current role of the computer in education and the design process. Computer imaging tends to flatten our magnificent, multi-sensory, simultaneous and synchronic capacities of imagination by turning the design process into a passive visual manipulation, a retinal journey. The computer creates a distance between the maker and the object, whereas drawing by hand as well as working with models put the designer in a haptic contact with the object, or space. In our imagination, the object is simultaneously held in the hand and inside the head, and the imagined and projected physical image is modelled by our embodied imagination. We are inside and outside of the conceived object at the same time.“ The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

„When experiencing a work of art, a curious exchange takes place; the work projects its aura, and we project our own emotions and precepts on the work. The melancholy in Michelangelo's architecture is fundamentally the viewer's sense of his/her own melancholy enticed by the authority of the work. Enigmatically, we encounter ourselves in the work.“

„How much more mysterious and inviting is the street of an old town with its altering realms of darkness and light than are the brightly and evenly lit streets of today! The imagination and daydreaming are stimulated by dim light and shadow. In order to think clearly, the sharpness of vision, has to be suppressed, for thoughts travel with an absent-minded and unfocused gaze. Homogeneous bright light paralyses the imagination in the same way that homogenization of space weakens the experience of being, and wipes away the sense of place. The human eye is most perfectly turned for twilight rather than bright daylight.“

„The body knows and remembers. Architectural meaning derives from archaic responses and reactions remembered by the body and the senses.“ The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses


„Architecture cannot, however, become an instrument of mere functionality, bodily comfort and sensory pleasure without loosing its existentially meditating task. A distinct sense of distance, resistance and tension has to be maintained in relation to programme, function and comfort.“

„The impact of the sense of vision on philosophy is well summed up by Peter Sloterdijk: 'The eyes are the organic prototype of philosophy. Their enigma is that they not only can see but are also able to see themselves seeing.“ The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

„The elements of architecture are not visual units or gestalt; they are encounters, confrontations that interact with memory.“ The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

„Architecture domesticates limitless space and enables us to inhabit it [... ]“ The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

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