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Title: L'ordre architectural et la disposition charnelle
Subtitle: Une phénoménologie de l'expérience architecturale
Author(s): DELMOTTE, Benjamin
Journal: Etudes phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies
Volume: 6    Date: 2022   
Pages: 79-95
DOI: 10.2143/EPH.6.0.3289793

Abstract :
The idea of an architectural order is usually linked to the use of various types of columns in the history of architecture. But beyond this historical understanding, a phenomenology of architectural order is useful to understand the architectural experience. In such a perspective, architectural order does not only belong to the past nor defines formal and material standards. It describes the relation between an architecture and the people who visit or inhabit the buildings and it governs the way space is apprehended. In particular, architectural order can be lived either as a constraint or an obligation. Thus, it deals either with our physical body or with our flesh. Only when dealing with the flesh does architectural order receive its eminent meaning: the order is then not only external but also internal as it coincides with the flesh, defined by Husserl as an absolute center of orientation. The incarnated consciousness can then be both ordering and ordered, and architecture can give us a feel for the distinction Roman Ingarden makes between the real building and the architectural work.

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