James Dodd: Phenomenology, Architecture and the Built World. Exercises in Philosophical Anthropology
It seems fair to say that the marriage between phenomenological thinking and architectural theory has been a happy one. Perhaps more than in any other discipline, phenomenology—both its methods and its writings—has been welcomed with enthusiasm by architectural theorists and practitioners alike. A phenomenological impetus has influenced reflection about the experience of architectural space, about the role of the various senses in our perception of the built world, and, importantly, about the question of what it means for human beings to inhabit the world.
Architectural phenomenology gained traction in the second half of the twentieth century, in a climate of increased unease about the quality of the built environment. Modernism had lost much of its appeal and was interpreted as an expression—perhaps even the chief symbol—of a larger crisis in the technology-driven modern world. As such, notwithstanding the significant diversity in their methods and approaches, many of the authors...
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