Genius Loci: Towards A Phenomenology Architecture by Christian Norberg-Schulz (Academy Editions, 1979) develops the author’s theory of existential space into a new theory of place. The theoretical frameworks are derived from Heideggerian philosophy and the contemporary writings of, for instance, Kevin Lynch and Robert Venturi. The book forms a sequel to Norberg-Schulz’s Intentions in Architecture (1963) and Existence, Space and Architecture (1971) and relates to his historical study Meaning in Western Architecture (1975).
The theory of place does not only integrate the different contributions, offering a comprehensive conception of the relationship between man and his environment, nut it also shows that the history of modern architecture has a direction and a goal: architecture as the recover of place. .. When we see architecture from this point of view, we gain understanding and a direction for our work. This direction is not dictated by politics or science but is existentially rooted in our everyday lifeworld. It aim is to free us from abstractions and alienation, and bring us back to things.
— Christian Norberg-Schulz, Genius Loci: Towards A Phenomenology Architecture (Academy Editions, 1979), p.201
The text is in English. The book has been richly illustrated with black-and-white photographs.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean without any markings, and the glueing of the binding is still fine, although dryish. There is some yellowing on the edges of the pages, and the covers have some signs of shelf wear. The first flyleaf has been stamped by the previous owner.