Prof. Juhani Pallasmaa

Pallasmaa´s work is central tophenomenological research on architecture, landscape, and the material environment. For those interested in studying his writings, perhaps the work to begin with is The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses (London: Academy, 1996). His The Architecture of Image: Existential Space in Cinema is forthcoming from Helsinki´s Rakennustieto Press. A list of his works follows. We also reproduce a passage from one of his recent articles, which focuses on the lived-symbolism of stairs.


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Mit der Preisverleihung an den Architekturprofessor aus Helsinki würdigte das Kuratorium "den Architekten und Denker, der seit drei Jahrzehnten durch seine Bauten, Schriften, Ausstellungen und seine Lehrtätigkeit die finnische wie auch die internationale Architektur-Debatte prägt. Sein Plädoyer für Bescheidenheit und Einklang mit der Natur weist der Baukunst einen Weg ins 21. Jahrhundert." Die Schumacher-Preise sind mit je 20 000 Mark dotiert. Sie wurden geschaffen, um Persönlichkeiten auszeichnen zu können, die hervorragende Leistungen in den Bereichen Städtebau, Landesplanung, Architektur, Landschafts- und Grünflächengestaltung, konstruktiver Ingenieurbau, Stadtökologie und -soziologie erbracht haben.

"Stairways of the Mind", 2000. International Forum of Psychoanalysis, vol 9, pp. 7-18:
"One of the most potent images of architecture is the stair, which possesses a wealth of metaphoric and symbolic connotations. The stair is the symbolic spine of the house, whereas ascending a stair in dream imagery signifies copulation. The qualitative differences of ascending and descending derive from the images of Heaven and Hell" (p.7).

"Hapticity and Time: Notes on a Fragile Architecture", 2000. The Architectural Review (May), pp. 78-84:
This essay argues that "Materials and surfaces have a richly complkex language of their own that evolves and changes over time." The case is made for a "haptic, sensuous architecture."

"Lived Space in Architecture and Cinema 1999-2000". In Situ (the architectural journal of the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary), vol. 2, pp. 11-21 (to be included as 1st chapter of The Architecture of Image; see above).
"... both architecture and cinema articulate lived space. These two art forms create and mediate comprehensive images of life ... Both forms of art define the dimensions and essence of existential space; they both create experimential scenes of life situations" (p. 11).

"Logic of the Image", 1998. The Journal of Architecture, vol. 3 (winter), pp. 289-299:
This essay focuses on the work of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and examines his "synthetic and inclusive architecture as landscape, as typology, as tactile experience, as rational structure, as episodic sequence, as 'haptic experience' (p. 289).

"The Geometry of Feeling: A Look at the Phenomenology of Architecture", 1996. In Kate Nesbitt, ed., Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture, pp. 447-53. NY: Princeton Architectural Press:
An essay developing "a theoretical position about (architectural) experience´s reliance on memory, imagination, and the unconscious."

"Space and Image in Andrew Tarkovsky´s Nostalgia: Notes on a Phenomenology of Architecture", 1994. In Chora I: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture,Alberto Pérez- Gómez & Stephen Parcell, pp. 143-66. Montreal: McGill Queen´s University Press:
Director Andrew Tarkovsky´s films "contain some of the most touching and poetic images of space and light ever created in any form of art. They touch upon the existential basis of architecture, which is saturated by memories and experiences lost in childhood."

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