Shadow Inhales and Illumination Exhales Light



In his book The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses, Juhani Pallasmaa argues that our culture privileges the senses of vision and hearing as the most sociable, while the sense of smell, touch and taste are deemed archaic “with a merely private function, and they are usually suppressed by the code of culture.” Without integrating all the senses, we will never be able to be in the world completely, with a full sense of belonging, intimacy and integration. A passage that stood out for me was dedicated to the significance of the shadow, which puts all senses on an equal footing:

“How much more mysterious and inviting is the street of an old town with its alternating realms of darkness and light than are the brightly and evenly lit streets of today! … In order to think clearly, the sharpness of vision has to be suppressed, for…

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