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Genius Loci: Towards a Phenomenology of Architecture

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The present book forms a sequel to…Intentions in Architecture and Existence, Space and Architecture. It also relates to…Meaning in Western Architecture. Common to all of them is the view that architecture represents a means to give man an “existential foothold”…The philosophy of Heidegger has been the catalyst which has made the present book possi
Paperback, 216 pages
Published June 15th 1991 by Rizzoli (first published 1979)
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May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Christian draws a lot on Heidegger’s essay 'Building, Thinking, and Dwells'. This essay is included in HeideggerBasic Writings 2nd Edition, Revised & Expanded.
Christian extracts certain passages such as the explanation of a bridge as a presence to draw together the two banks of a river much as a building will draw into different reference points of the landscape. In fact, it is the location of a building not it's points in space of a Cartesian grid that gives it place; the location and the refer
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: archi-stuff
So valuable ! To re-read !
Three case studies were considered : Prague, Khartoum (Tuti), and Rome.
" To understand the genius loci of a place does not mean to copy old models. It means to determine the identity of the place and to interpret it in ever new ways. "
P.S : One cannot fully and easily assimilate it if not in good terms with Heideger, Hegel, and Ricoeur philosophy.
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
gimana-gimana, norberg-schulz selalu kembali ke heidegger. atau merleau-ponty, para bapak persepsi fenomenologis. juga dalam buku ini, filsafat fenomenologi sangat mewarnai pembacaannya mengenai 'ruh suatu tempat', 'baureksa' [bahasa jawa: kekuatan penjaga].
wacana 'ruh suatu tempat' ini pernah [dan masih?] mewarnai produksi pengetahuan arsitektur.
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, in 2017 I wasn't too fond of updating my Goodreads lists.

Christian Norberg-Schulz is known for being among the first to bring Heidegger into discussion when it came to architecture and he's one of the most important figures when we talk about the phenomenology of architecture. Directed, therefore, at architects, I would argue that it could be relevant for anyone who's ever looked around and wondered what made a space a place ( the one time I feel like Romanian may actually do a
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May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Norberg-Schulz has a poor interpretation of Heidegger, and never questions the methodological move he makes in transforming his reading of Heidegger into the phenomenology of architecture. The most glaring failures are his misreading of dwelling [Wohnen] as synonymous with "meaningful living" and his ignorance of Heidegger's critique of lived experience [Erlebnisse]. ...more
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Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
it's a smooth reading enjoyed how it was detailing each city in different way made me go through google earth to feel it though .. ...more
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Aug 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
Awfull fanfarology!
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I have to read it again. I cannot remember much. I know I quoted it in some papers I wrote in University.
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
So much potential; so little substance.
Oct 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those intrested in our world
This book is a amazing and is now my belief on how we should design the built environment.
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