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Visuality for Architects

Architectural Creativity and Modern Theories of Perception and Imagination

Branko Mitrovic (author)

ISBN: 9780813933795

Publication Date: May 2013

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Dramatic breakthroughs in philosophy and psychology over the past two decades have shown us that human visuality functions for the most part independently of conceptual thinking and language. This book examines the ways in which new theories of human visuality create a different understanding of architectural design, practice, and education.
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What is more important in architectural works—their form, shape, and colour, or the meanings and symbolism that can be associated with them? Can aesthetic judgments of architecture be independent of the stories one can tell about buildings? Do non-architects perceive buildings in the same way as do architects?

For the greater part of the twentieth century it was common to respond to these and similar questions by relying on psychological theories asserting there is no innocent eye, that we think only in language, and that human visuality results from pre-existing, conceptual knowledge. Dramatic breakthroughs in philosophy and psychology over the past two decades, however, have shown us that human visuality functions for the most part independently of conceptual thinking and language.

This book examines the ways in which new theories of human visuality create a different understanding of architectural design, practice, and education. This new understanding coincides with and supports formalist approaches to architecture that have become influential in recent years as a result of the digital revolution in architectural design.
Illustrations 21 black & white illustrations
Pages 128
Date Published 30 May 2013
Publisher University of Virginia Press
Subject/s Theory of architecture  
Branko Mitrovi is Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand and the author of Learning from Palladio and Philosophy for Architects.

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