Author(s): Kate Goodwin
Unlike almost any other art form, architecture is part of our everyday life, but its ability to dramatically affect the way we think, feel and interact with one another is often overlooked. This volume brings the focus back to the sensual aspects of architecture the subtle and intangible ways it impacts on human experience through the work of six leading architects from around the world, all of whom have created a unique immersive installation for the Royal Academy. Conversations with each of these architects including Kengo Kuma, Li Xiaodong and Pezo von Ellrichshausen show the multiplicity of ways in which different approaches to the built environment can affect the way in which we connect with our surroundings, while an introduction by Philip Ursprung explores the background to this humanistic approach to design. The book is fully illustrated with preparatory sketches and key buildings by each of the architects.
Philip Ursprung is professor of history of art and architecture at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, Zurich. Kate Goodwin is Heinz Curator of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts.