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ATTUNEMENT: ARCHITECTURAL MEANING AFTER THE CRISIS OF MODERN SCIENCE. Alberto Perez-Gomez. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2016. 300 pp. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2015-38400 ISBN 9780262528641 In English.
Publisher's description: Architecture remains in crisis, its social relevance lost between the two poles of formal innovation and technical sustainability. In Attunement, Alberto Perez-Gomez calls for an architecture that can enhance our human values and capacities, an architecture that is connected -- attuned -- to its location and its inhabitants. Architecture, Perez-Gomez explains, operates as a communicative setting for societies; its beauty and its meaning lie in its connection to human health and self-understanding. Our physical places are of utmost importance for our well-being. Drawing on recent work in embodied cognition, Perez-Gomez argues that the environment, including the built environment, matters not only as a material ecology but because it is nothing less than a constituent part of our consciousness. To be fully self-aware, we need an external environment replete with meanings and emotions. Perez-Gomez views architecture through the lens of mood and atmosphere, linking these ideas to the key German concept of Stimmung -- attunement -- and its roots in Pythagorean harmony and Vitruvian temperance or proportion.perance or proportion.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-2000 — Architecture, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 170944
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