Juhani Pallasmaa: Encounters 2
“I see the fundamental task of architecture as the mediation between the world and ourselves, history, present, and future, human institutions and individuals, and between the material and the spiritual. This is nothing short of a poetic calling… Architecture can strengthen and maintain our grasp of the world and ourselves, and support humility and pride, curiosity and optimism.”
Architectural essences, meanings, and boundaries are the basis of Encounters 2, a new volume of essays by Finnish architect, educator, and critic Juhani Pallasmaa. These themes are explored from Pallasmaa’s emblematic perspective—an unwavering commitment to an authentic architecture of existential depth and phenomenal appeal.
Pallasmaa’s writings–his other books include The Thinking Hand, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, and Questions of Perception: Phenomenology of Architecture—are inspirational for their holistic approach to architecture. He operates from the perspective that architecture should speak to all the senses and frame our experience of the world. For Pallasmaa, architecture is ultimately an existential and philosophical art, and the architect is the supporter of the “mythical dimensions of life.”