OBC | Towards a biophilic future: Culture and human nature

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Towards a biophilic future: Culture and human nature

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OBC | Towards a biophilic future: Culture and human nature

  1. 1. 1 st Out of the Box Conference University of Maribor Maribor, Slovenia 15-17 May, 2012Juhani Pallasmaa, Architect, Professor TOWARDS A BIOPHILIC FUTURE -culture, beauty and human nature
  2. 2. THE AGE OF ARCHITECTURAL EUPHORIA
  3. 3. “Architecture’s horoscope today is such that my words becomenegative and that isn’t pleasant. Parallelopipeds of glass andsynthetic materials, the inhuman dandy-purism of the big cities, hasled irrevocably to a fashionable architecture, which is a dead end”.Alvar Aalto, 1958
  4. 4. ARCHITECTURE OF THE SPECTACLE
  5. 5. “All that once was directly lived has become mere representation”.Guy Debord
  6. 6. “The spectacle is capital accumulated to the point whereit becomes an image”.Guy Debord“A spectacle is an image accumulated to the point whereit becomes capital”.Hal Foster
  7. 7. THE MIXED BLESSING OF GLOBALISATION
  8. 8. THE OTHER ARCHITECTURE
  9. 9. THE INTEGRATING TASK OF ARCHITECTURE
  10. 10. ECOLOGICAL ETHICS
  11. 11. FALSE SUSTAINABILITY
  12. 12. THE LIVED METAPHOR
  13. 13. “[…] Metaphor is pervasive ineveryday life, not just inlanguage but in thought andaction. Our ordinary conceptualsystems, in terms of which weboth think and act, arefundamentally metaphorical innature”.George LakoffMark Johnson
  14. 14. “Metaphor is primarily a form ofcognition rather than a trope or figureof speech. Further, metaphor as acognitive tool can operateunconsciously, so that a metaphoricprocess is one aspect of theunconscious mind”.Arnold H. Modell
  15. 15. CHANGING METAPHORS
  16. 16. A NEW VIEW OF OURSELVES
  17. 17. “All of man’s troubles may well arise,as Vercors (Jean Bruller) suggested inYou Shall Know Them, from the factthat we do not know what we are anddo not agree on what we want tobecome”.Edward O. Wilson
  18. 18. LINGUISTIC INTELLIGENCELOGICAL – MATHEMATICAL INTELLIGENCEMUSICAL INTELLIGENCEBODILY – KINESTHETIC INTELLIGENCESPATIAL INTELLIGENCEINTERPERSONAL INTELLIGENCEINTRAPERSONAL INTELLIGENCENATURALISTIC INTELLIGENCESPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCEEXISTENTIAL INTELLIGENCEEMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCEETHICAL INTELLIGENCE
  19. 19. THE MARVELLOUS BRAIN
  20. 20. “Art [is] an extension of the functions of thevisual brain in its search for essentials”. ●“Most painters are also neurologists […] theyare those who have experimented upon and,without ever realising it, understoodsomething about the organization of thevisual brain, though with techniques that areunique to them”.Semir Zeki
  21. 21. HUMAN HISTORICITY AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BEAUTY
  22. 22. “Man is an aesthetic being before becoming an ethical being”.“Believe it or not, the purpose of evolution is beauty”.Joseph Brodsky, Nobel Laureate Poet
  23. 23. “My work always tried to unite the true with the beautiful; but when Ihad to choose one or the other, I usually chose the beautiful”.Hermann Weyl, mathematician who perfected the quantum andrelativity theory.

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