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School of Architecture Book of the Semester Fall 2022

This event guide is to provide supplemental information about Juhani Pallasmaa’s book Eyes of the Skin. This book was selected as the Book of the Semester Fall 2022.

School of Architecture Book of the Semester Spring 2022

The School of Architecture continues the Book of the Semester with Juhani Pallasmaa’s book The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses for Fall 2022.

"First published in 1996, The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory. It asks the far-reaching question why, when there are five senses, has one single sense – sight – become so predominant in architectural culture and design? With the ascendancy of the digital and the all-pervasive use of the image electronically, it is a subject that has become all the more pressing and topical since the first edition’s publication in the mid-1990s. Juhani Pallasmaa argues that the suppression of the other four sensory realms has led to the overall impoverishment of our built environment, often diminishing the emphasis on the spatial experience of a building and architecture’s ability to inspire, engage and be wholly life enhancing." — Steven Holl

book cover The Eyes of the Skin


The Library has one copy of the book in Starkville and another in Jackson to check out.  There is also a PDF version to read available from University of California, Berkley.