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Architectural Colossi and the Human Body

Buildings and Metaphors, 1st Edition

By Charalampos Politakis


164 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Landmarks & Monuments