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Jorge Otero-Pailos

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 7: Architectural Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern

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Architectural Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern
Architectural phenomenology and the rise of the postmodern
JorgeOtero-Pailos

The term architectural phenomenology came into wide use in the post-war period to refer to the study of architecture as it presents itself to consciousness in terms of so-called archetypal human experiences, such as the bodily orientation of up and down, the perceptions of light and shadow, or the feelings of dryness and wetness. It has since cohered into architecture's primary discursive mode for examining questions of perception and affect, as opposed to the analytic tradition of analysing buildings in terms of stylistic rules of composition. By relegating style to a secondary plane, it undermined one of the foundational categories according to which most architectural history is written. At the ...

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