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Atmospheric Architectures: The Aesthetics of Felt Spaces

Atmospheric Architectures: The Aesthetics of Felt Spaces

Bohme, Gernot, author; Engels-Schwarzpaul, Tina, editor; Engels-Schwarzpaul, Tina, translator

There is fast-growing awareness of the role atmospheres play in architecture. Of equal interest to contemporary architectural practice as it is to aesthetic theory, this 'atmospheric turn' owes much to the work of the German philosopher Gernot Bhme. Atmospheric Architectures: The Aesthetics of Felt Spaces brings together Bhme's most seminal writings on the subject, through chapters selected from his classic books and articles, many of which have hitherto only been available in German. This is the only translated version authorised by Bhme himself, and is the first coherent collection deploying a consistent terminology. It is a work which will provide rich references and a theoretical framework for ongoing discussions about atmospheres and their relations to architectural and urban spaces. Combining philosophy with architecture, design, landscape design, scenography, music, art criticism, and visual arts, the essays together provide a key to the concepts that motivate the work of some of the best contemporary architects, artists, and theorists: from Peter Zumthor, Herzog & de Meuron and Juhani Pallasmaa to Olafur Eliasson and James Turrell. With a foreword by Professor Mark Dorrian (Forbes Chair in Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art) and an afterword by Professor David Leatherbarrow, (Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania), the volume also includes a general introduction to the topic, including coverage of it history, development, areas of application and conceptual apparatus

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Published London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Gernot Bohme ; edited by Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul ; translated by Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul
ISBN: 1474258107, 9781474258104
Physical Description: 216 pages : 30 bw illus
Subject: Landscape art & architecture; Philosophy: aesthetics; Architecture and Planning; Theory of architecture
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781350089709


  1. Foreword: 'Ecstasies' by Professor Mark Dorrian (University of Edinburgh)
  2. Towards the Inside of Atmospheres: Translator's Introduction
  3. Atmosphere, a basic concept of a new aesthetic
  4. New Aesthetics
  5. Benjamin's aura
  6. The concept of atmosphere in Hermann Schmitz' philosophy
  7. The ecstasies of things
  8. Making atmospheres
  9. The critical potential of an aesthetics of atmospheres
  10. Conclusion
  11. The Ecstasies of Things: Ontology and aesthetics of thingness
  12. Subjectivism in aesthetics
  13. Terminological differentiations
  14. The prevalence of the thing in ontology
  15. Life within the world of things
  16. The closure of the thing within the main ontological models
  17. Alternative thing models
  18. The Thing
  19. Conclusion: Ontology and aesthetics
  20. Material Splendour: A Contribution to the Critique of Aesthetic Economy
  21. A golden ladle
  22. Material aesthetics
  23. Material beauty
  24. Particle board
  25. Internal design and invisible aesthetics
  26. Contribution to the critique of aesthetic economy
  27. Atmospheres in Achitecture
  28. Weather and feelings
  29. Architecture and felt space
  30. Atmospheres as the subject matter of architecture
  31. The perception of architecture
  32. Architecture and space
  33. The atmosphere of a city
  34. Conclusion
  35. The Presence of Living Bodies in Space
  36. Developments in architecture and art history
  37. What is the space of bodily presence?
  38. Disposition
  39. Actuality and reality
  40. Atmospheres of Human Communication
  41. The utterly familiar
  42. Radiance
  43. Actualisation and disturbance of interpersonal atmospheres
  44. Contributions
  45. Learning to Live with Atmospheres: A new Aesthetic Humanist Education
  46. Objectives of aesthetic education
  47. Schiller's On the aesthetic education of man in a series of letters
  48. Aesthetic humanist education under the conditions of technical civilisation and aesthetic economy
  49. Atmosphere as the object and medium of aesthetic education
  50. The Grand Concert of the World
  51. Introduction
  52. Modern art and the aesthetics of atmospheres
  53. The aesthetic conquest of acoustic space
  54. Music and soundscape, or the music of the soundscape
  55. Acoustic atmospheres
  56. Conclusion
  57. The Voice in Spaces of Bodily Presence
  58. Spatial sounds
  59. The rehabilitation of the voice
  60. The voice as an articulation of bodily presence
  61. Conclusion
  62. Light and Space
  63. The phenomenology of light
  64. Cleared space
  65. The space of light
  66. Lights in space
  67. Things appearing in light
  68. Light on things
  69. Lighting
  70. The Art of Staging as a Paradigm for an Aesthetics of Atmospheres
  71. Producing atmospheres
  72. Atmosphere – a well-known but extremely vague phenomenon
  73. Aesthetics of reception and production
  74. Fantastic art/unreliable fabrication
  75. Conclusion: the art of staging
  76. Church Atmospheres
  77. The numinous and the profanization of church spaces
  78. Sacred twilight – diaphanous light
  79. Silence and the Sublime
  80. Stone and space
  81. Genius Loci
  82. Afterword: 'Atmospheres to Think About' by Professor David Leatherbarrow (University of Pennsylvania)
  83. References
  84. Index