Steen Eiler Rasmussen: Experiencing Architecture

Or people s lives then the rooms in our houses and the relation between them must be etermined by the way we will live in them and move through them I have read about two 74 Seaside Avenue dozen books on architecture this is the most helpful by far Daylight in Architecture ch VIII not only explains light and buildings but explains Vermeer s use of light in his paintings aouble bonus Hearing Architecture ch X is a brilliant introduction to buildings and sound with another bonus the effect of architecture on church music specifically how building styles led to the change from monodony to polyphony eg chant to fugue The rest of the book is just as enlightening I read it because Witold Rubczynski said that it was the single most influentialhelpful he had read and I find his books illuminating eg Home How Architecture Works The Perfect House all of which I recommend as well Rasmussen however stands atop the heap Form can also give an impression of heaviness or lightness A wall built of large stones which we realize must have reuired great effort to bring to the site and put in place appears heavy to us A smooth wall seems light even though it may have necessitated much harder work and actually weigh than the stone wall We intuitively feel that granite walls are heavier than brick ones without having any idea of their respective weightsThere are monumental structures of the greatest simplicity which produce only a single effect such as hardness or softness But most buildings consist of a combination of hard and soft light and heavy taut and slack and of many kinds of surfaces These are all elements of architecture some of the things the architect can call into play And to experience architecture you must be aware of all of these elements Just as we The Note do not notice the individual letters in a word but receive a total impression of theidea the word conveys we generally are not aware of what it is that we perceive but only of the conception created in our minds when we perceive itUnderstanding architecture therefore is not the same as being able toetermine the style of a building by certain external features It is not enough to see architecture you must experience it You must observe how it was The Loving Gift designed for a special purpose and how it was attuned to the entire concept and rhythm of a specific era You mustwell in the rooms feel how they close about you observe how you are naturally led from one to the other You must be aware of the textural effects The Wildcatter discover why just those colors were used how the choiceepended on the orientation of the rooms in relation to windows and the sunHere you have all the advantages of a Bear Claw Lawman (Bear Claw Creek Crime Lab, deliberately plannedview because you see reality as through a telescope from a fixed point and nothing interferes toistract your attention The view has only one Her Nine Month Confession direction and what is behind the observer plays no part in it But this is a rare exception Ordinarily weo not see a picture of a thing but receive an impression of the thing itself of the entire form including the sides we cannot see and of all the space surrounding it Just as in the example of the girl in jeans the impression received is only a general one usually we A Southern Reunion do not see anyetails Rarely can a person who has seen a building give a Let It Go detailedescription of it. Inary people are Charade of Hearts doomed to live in and gaze upon are on the whole without uality We cannot however go back to the old method of personally supervised handicrafts We must strive to advance by arousing interest in and understanding of the work the architectoes The basis of competent professionalism is a sympathetic and knowledgeable group of amateurs of non professional art lover.

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A great primer for understanding the principles of good architecture and The Yuletide Rescue (Alaskan Search and Rescue design This book isn t the most approachable on the subject however and I think it best serves those who are pursuing architecture as a career or someone who has some baseline knowledge of the subject already Because it relies heavily on example and at times implicit analysis it is easier to fill in the blanks of his writing if you have some prior background He is sensitive to what contributes to a meaningful space and this is felt in the examples he chooses to highlight as well as the points of view he chooses to inspect As previously stated this is a great fundamentals look into architecture as a whole However there is a feeling of anticipation with his writing that he never fully fulfills He leans heavily on his selection of precedents butoesn t take the steps necessary for overly compelling analysis of the why Perhaps he assumes certain norms that are uestioned today and weren t as much when he was writing A fine book that every architect ought to read I Toward a Better Life did enjoy this little volume and will be content to have it sit among the other books on architecture on my shelves but almost for the crisp yet creamy black and white photos of walnut chairs teacups bricks for the silken sheen of the paper they have been printed on and for the lovely library smell of the book than for the text itself which in a number of ways has not stood the test of time as well as one might have wished There is much contrasting of the civilized people of Europe with primitive peoples and cultures elsewhere much exclusive use of he not just for architects architecture nooubt having been a uniformly male arena in the late 1950s but indeed for humans of any Die Konigreiche Israel Und Juda Im 9. Jahrhundert V. Chr. description and much expositing on what one naturally or automatically thinks or likes or feels T I liked this because it was an architecture book And it had great photosThe wordsidn t Schaums Outline of Microbiology, Second Edition do a ton for me but they were still good and it suggested a few new things to think about for me the sonic shape of a space for instance I loved the impression the author gave of how badly he loved to sing and whistle in marble bathroomsThere was one passage that reminded me of the Whitman poem When I Heard the Learned AstronomerReminds me of Whitman learned astronomerA German theorist hasescribed at length how color can be used to emphasize not only what is large and what is small but also what is up and what is After the Rubicon down The floor he says like the art we walk on should give an impression of gravity Therefore it should have the gray or brown tones of clay or rocky ground Walls on the other hand should have color like flowering shrubs and trees and everything that rises above the solid earth And finally the ceiling should be light and airy in tones of white orelicate shades of pink and blue like the sky over our heads It would give a feeling of insecurity he claims to walk on pink or blue floors and we would feel the ceiling as a heavy load weighing us A Prescription for Murder down if it were painted aark color As I sit reading his rather theoretical explanation I raise my eyes from the book and gaze about the room The floor is covered with a Chinese rug in lovely indigo blue on which I walk every ay without the slightest feeling of insecurity I took Deaf. Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries Experiencing Architecture manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb esign From teacups riding boots golf balls and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace the author ranges over the less familiar byways of.

Studies Deaf Spaces This was applied to this book and helped us to understand how the architecture works It applied to our project for Deaf Space course Teacher s concepts and the book guided our ideas to remodel early 1900 s houses on row at Gally University I would give this 35 stars if I could This is the first book I have read on architecture and it has introduced me to a number of exciting ideas such as the effects of acoustics in architecture and use of light and color The author writes in a casual style which makes it very easy to follow along but also means he makes several unsupported claims it is a well known fact that seeing riding boots produces a sense of honor and royalty in the viewer and that tennis rackets produce feelings of vitality The numerous jabs at primitive people also made me cringe a bit Overall this was a good introduction Amazing eye opening book Author Accounting for Taste describes high level concepts in architecture form void light sound andoes that in a very accessible way that even art resistant engineer can understand Book contains many photos illustrating mentioned concepts My absolute favourite is the first chapter about form the idea that little children learn to understand materials as hard or soft heavy or light and apply this knowledge in later life to architectural objects I also liked the chapters on light and sound Some chapters were less obvious to me especially the one about contrast of empty volumes and blocks Nevertheless I consider this book a very good intro to understanding architecture I was given this book for my first esign class we were supposed to write an essay of our thoughts about the book and if it changed our way to experience architecture or the lack thereof We had several projects going on and I never thought much about architecture in the past and now wonder why I was recommended Experiencing Architecture by an architect and I was hesitant to grab it because of my lack of knowledge on the field I can now say that this book is an essential for art lovers and you will understand why shortly after having started reading the preface It is possible to get as much pleasure from architecture as the nature lover oes from plants The book elaborates on this idea by giving mind blowing examples from our An Audience of Artists daily lives andrawing comparing analogies with activities and elements we can all relate to Not only can you see touch and hear architecture but through these senses you can also feel it In Dickens s novels buildings and interiors acuire souls in some A Dogs Head demoniacal way corresponding to the souls of the inhabitants The author indirectly touches upon literature uite a few times and after reading this sentence I immediately remembered how Mr Dickens sescriptions of scenery and buildings feel vivid and real so much so that I feel anxious when the time a character spends there is elongated So it is Mr Dickens himself that EXPERIENCED architecture in the first place and then used his craft of storytelling to make the readers experience it through words I highlighted so many parts of this book that it s impossible to summarize them in a short review but I will conclude this with my very favorite uote from the book If we believe that the object of architecture is to provide a framework Designing excellenceAt one time writes Rasmussen the entire community tool part in forming the wellings and implements they used The individual was in fruitful contact with these things; the anonymous houses were built with a natural feeling for place materials and use and the result was a remarkably suitable comeliness Today in our highly civilized society the houses which ord.