Merleau-Ponty for Architects by Jonathan Hale

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The philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908–1961) has motivated the layout paintings of architects as various as Steven Holl and Peter Zumthor, in addition to informing well known faculties of architectural idea, particularly these round Dalibor Vesely at Cambridge, Kenneth Frampton, David Leatherbarrow and Alberto Pérez-Gómez in North the United States and Juhani Pallasmaa in Finland. Merleau-Ponty steered that the price of people’s adventure of the realm received via their rapid physically engagement with it continues to be more than the price of knowing gleaned via summary mathematical, clinical or technological platforms.

This e-book summarizes what Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy has to provide in particular for architects. It locates architectural pondering within the context of his paintings, putting it in terms of subject matters akin to area, circulate, materiality and creativity, introduces key texts, is helping decode tough phrases and gives speedy reference for additional reading.

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The unique ways in which each of us takes up and exploits these opportunities – as when we inflect our language with a particular intonation or gestural emphasis – can also have a profound impact on how others interpret our actions. It is these Downloaded by [University of Virginia] at 04:09 07 December 2016 gradual slippages of meaning that also add new components to the system, enlarging the canon of available meanings, as Peter Eisenman was aiming to do. ’ (Merleau-Ponty 1964a: 109). In taking this view he was influenced strongly by his reading of the Swiss linguistic philosopher Ferdinand de Saussure (widely acknowledged as the source of what became known as ‘structural linguistics’), not to mention the impact of his long-standing friendship with the structural anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, who dedicated his major work, The Savage Mind from 1962, ‘to the Memory of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’.

As a set of acquired skills and patterns of behaviour it allows us to navigate in a range of environments, where each one is encountered as the background to the performance of a particular task. It is this task – or function of the space – that is the usual focus of our conscious attention, and those parts of the body not directly involved could be said to ‘withdraw’ from our immediate awareness. Likewise, the background elements of the space will also effectively ‘disappear’ from view: 16 EMBODIED SPACE Psychologists often say that the body schema is dynamic.

In these cases the patient’s conscious visual perception comes into conflict with the body schema, with the result that the explicit visual evidence of the missing limb is overridden by the unconscious body schema that often remains stubbornly intact (MerleauPonty 2012: 101f). Contemporary neuroscience has again confirmed much of Merleau-Ponty’s interpretation, as for example in the famous work of Vilayanur Ramachandran, who uses mirrors to help patients recover control over a troublesome phantom limb (Ramachandran 2003: 1–27).

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