Jean Labatut and the Search for Pure Sensation
This chapter focuses on Jean Labatut, who was known among his contemporaries as one of the most influential teachers of the mid-twentieth century in America. Labatut’s teachings helped shape postmodern architecture and promoted the view that the best way to understand this new architecture was to experience it. His success as a teacher rested on the clarity of his message: before architects could create modern buildings, they had to first be able to experience buildings in a modern way. His pedagogy aimed to define this modern experience as a bodily communion with architecture, which was immediately meaningful and did not require intellectual reflection. The chapter argues that architectural phenomenology was formed against the background of Labatut’s teachings.
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