Book Review: The Embodied Image – Imagination and Imagery in Architecture
This review I wrote on one of Juhani Pallasmaa’s books grapples with the way in which phenomenological theory is used as operative criticism. In other words, a phenomenological argument is put forward by him in order to endorse particular works of architecture. The gist of his argument, as far as I follow it, is that certain buildings evoke richer emotive experiences since they offer a fuller engagement with all the senses, whether it be sight, touch, hearing or through smell (and taste?). I find this argumentation convincing up to a certain point, but question if you can really justify saying that the architects liked by Pallasmaa make better and more inspirational buildings than other, equally talented, professionals.