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Architecture's Historical TurnPhenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern$
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Jorge Otero-Pailos

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666034

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666034.001.0001

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Eucharistic Architecture

Eucharistic Architecture

Jean Labatut and the Search for Pure Sensation

(p.25) Chapter Two Eucharistic Architecture
Architecture's Historical Turn

Jorge Otero-Pailos

University of Minnesota Press

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.

Keywords:   Jean Labatut, architects, postmodern architecture, architectural phenomenology, pedagogy

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