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Jonathan Hale

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 29: Architecture, Technology and the Body: From the Prehuman to the Posthuman

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Architecture, Technology and the Body: From the Prehuman to the Posthuman
Architecture, technology and the body: From the prehuman to the posthuman
JonathanHale

Visible and mobile, my body is a thing among things; it is caught in the fabric of the world, and its cohesion is that of a thing. But because it moves itself and sees, it holds things in a circle around itself. Things are an annex or prolongation of itself; they are encrusted into its flesh, they are part of its full definition; the world is made of the same stuff as the body.

(Merleau-Ponty 1964, 163)

A discussion of technology in architecture might usefully begin with a redefinition of ‘architecture as technology’. Rather than apparently diminishing design to a mechanical process governed by utility, efficiency ...

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