Agora Lecture – Juhani Pallasmaa: The Aura of the Sacred

September 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Architect, professor emeritus Juhani Pallasmaa has been an architect since the early 1960s. He established the Pallasmaa Architects in 1983. After leaving his position as Professor and Dean at the Helsinki University of Technology in 1997, he has held Visiting Professorships in various universities internationally. Pallasmaa has published widely, mainly on the implications of human embodiment in art and architecture, and has written essays on individual artists and architects. In his Agora lecture, Pallasmaa will discuss the experience of spirituality evoked by a work of art and architecture. He argues that religious sacredness implies the encounter of an object or space which has been specifically named or designated sacred, while the spirituality invoked by a secular artistic or architectural work is a personal and individual existential experience.

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