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The thinking hand : existential and embodied wisdom in architecture

Author: Juhani Pallasmaa
Publisher: Chichester, U.K. : Wiley, 2010, ©2009.
Series: AD primers.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Surveys the multiple essences of the hand, its biological evolution and its role in the shaping of culture, highlighting how the hand-tool union and eye-hand-mind fusion are essential for dexterity and how ultimately the body and the senses play a crucial role in memory and creative work.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Juhani Pallasmaa
ISBN: 9780470779286 0470779284 9780470779293 0470779292
OCLC Number: 276334307
Description: 159 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Embodied existence and sensory thought --
The mysterious hand. The multiple essences of the hand ; What is the hand? ; Hand, eye, brain and language ; Hand as symbol ; Gestures of the hand ; Languages of the hand --
The working hand. The hand and the tool ; The hand of the craftsman ; Collaborative craftsmanship ; Architecture as workmanship --
Eye-hand-mind fusion. Experimentation and the art of play ; Skill and boredom ; Eye, hand and mind --
The drawing hand. Drawing and the self ; Tactility of drawing ; The computerised hand ; Primacy of touch : hapticity of self-image ; Unconscious touch in artistic experience --
Embodied thinking. Creative fusion ; The work of thinking : the value of uncertainty ; Resistance, tradition and freedom ; Thinking through the senses ; Embodied memory and thought ; Existential knowledge --
Body, self and mind. The body as site ; The world and the self ; The world and the mind ; Existential space in art --
Emotion and imagination. Reality of imagination ; The gift of imagination ; Reality of art ; Art and emotion ; Artistic experience as exchange --
Theory and life. Theory and making ; Opposition of theory and making ; Architecture as image of life ; The task of art.
Series Title: AD primers.
Responsibility: Juhani Pallasmaa.

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In this book Pallasmaa progresses his case for a multi-sensory approach to architecture, espoused in The Eyes of the Skin, by taking a wider view of the role of embodiment in human existential  Read more...

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"The Thinking Hand is a superb piece of writing. A primer not just for architecture, but for life." (Blueprint, July 2009) "...beautifully illustrated sequence of essays...It is philosophical, Read more...

 
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