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Neue Sinnlichkeit: Post-Critical Issues Regarding an Architecture of Sensuousness
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This article introduces the term Neue Sinnlichkeit (New Sensuousness) to describe a growing movement within architectural discourse from the mid-1980s until today. Aimed at creating buildings that appeal to a full sensory and bodily perception, i. e. architecture that can be smelled, tasted, heard and felt as much as seen, Neue Sinnlichkeit is, in many ways, the sensuous counterpart to the rational Neue Sachlichkeit. This sense-oriented movement made its break-through with the baths in Vals, Switzerland (1996), designed by Peter Zumthor, and their dissemination by a book published by the Architectural Association already before the building's completion. Apart from Zumthor's work and writings as well as the Architectural Association's role in fostering this new movement, the article scrutinizes works and writings by the academic teacher and architect Miroslav Šik ("Analoge Architektur," 1987) and by the Finnish architect and writer Juhani Pallasmaa ("An Architecture of the Seven Senses," 1994). Eventually, the appeal to the senses matured into anti-intellectualism. The praise of materiality, sensuousness, emotions, and intuition turned against a discerning and critical beholder. Statements such as Pallasmaa's "architecture is communication from the body of the architect directly to the body of the inhabitant" make clear that architecture is meant to be felt and not questioned. Neue Sinnlichkeit thus reveals itself to be another version of post-criticality, triggering reflexes, not reflection Show more
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Journal / seriesFuture Anterior
Organisational unit09605 - Delbeke, Maarten
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