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By Richard Sennett

Flesh and Stone is the tale of the private components of life—how men and women moved in private and non-private areas, what they observed and heard, the smells that assailed them, the place they ate, how they dressed, the mores of bathing and of creating love—all within the structure of stone and house from old Athens to fashionable New York.

Early in Flesh and Stone, Richard Sennett probes the ways that the traditional Athenians skilled nakedness, and the relation of nakedness to the form of the traditional urban, its stricken politics, and the inequalities among women and men. the tale then strikes to Rome for the duration of the Emperor Hadrian, exploring Roman ideals within the geometrical perfection of the body.

The moment a part of the ebook examines how Christian ideals in regards to the physique with regards to the Christian city—the Venetian ghetto, cloisters, and markets in Paris. the ultimate a part of Flesh and Stone offers with what occurred to city house as glossy medical realizing of the physique minimize loose from pagan and Christian ideals. Flesh and Stone is smart of our consistently evolving city dwelling areas, supporting us to construct a standard domestic for the elevated range of our bodies that make up the trendy urban.

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Material Performance,” in Hensel, M. and Menges, A. ), Versatility and Vicissitude: Performance in Morpho-Ecological Design, Architectural Design, 78: 2 (2008), pp. 34–38. Kolarevic, B. and Malkawi, A. ), Performative Architecture: Beyond Instrumentality, New York, Spon Press, 2005. , Architecture Oriented Otherwise, New York, Princeton Architectural Press, 2009. , Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design, New York, Taylor & Francis, 2006. Notes 1 2 For example, see Kolarevic and Malkawi 2005, Rahim 2006, Hensel and Menges 2008, and Leatherbarrow 2009.

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