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Architectural Colossi and the Human Body
Buildings and Metaphors

ISBN 9780367207922
Published May 7, 2020 by Routledge
184 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The human body has been used as both a model and metaphor in architecture since antiquity. This book explores how it has been an inspiration for the exterior form of architectural colossi through the years. It considers the body as a source of architectural and artistic representation and in doing so explores the results of such practices in colossal sculptures and architectural praxis within a philosophical discourse of space, time and media.

Architectural Colossi and the Human Body discusses the role of Platonic and Cartesian philosophy and how philosophers such as Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, and theoreticians such as Frascari and Pallasmaa, have seen, described and analysed the human body and the role of architecture and perception. Drawing upon three key case studies and by employing theoretical ideas of Venturi and others, this book will provide an understanding of the role of anthromorphism and the relation and use of the human body with reference to selected architects and artists.

Table of Contents


1. Towards a First Syllogism

2. Towards a Second Syllogism

3. Fashionable Illusions

4. The Object as Subject: These are not Binoculars

5. Skeletal Apotheosis of the Human Body

6. Complexities and Developments

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Charalampos Politakis graduated from the University of Ioannina, Greece (BA) and the University of Salford, UK (MA). He researched his PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, completing in 2014. He has taught at the Manchester School of Architecture and the University of Central Lancashire, UK. Charalampos is a multidisciplinary artist that has participated in several international exhibitions.