In “Excerpts from The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the senses”, Juhani Pallasmaa discusses the idea that people's senses have been dulled by both the advancement of society and the fact that we've started to focus and rely mainly on sight to perceive the world around us. As technology changes and moves forward, we begin to lose the naturalistic sense of life that we innately had inside of us as animals on this planet, and we get closer to not having to rely on that same naturalistic sense. Pallasma brings up the idea that we are sight-centered. What she means is that light overshadows the other senses and that society relies on vision too much. Sound is as necessary because, as Pallasmaa states, “buildings do not react to our gaze, but they do return our sounds back to our ears” (Pallasmaa 289). Society should not rely on vision much as it distances and separates humans from reality and the relationship they have. The other senses, such as touch, should be used, as it involves intimacy. Pallasmaa's argument is that of a vision-dominated society which blocks richer experiences in this world and limits knowledge and understanding. He does this through the intimacy of touch, tactile sensation and kinesthetic communication, and how vision is overused and it blocks imagination.
There is a great deal of difference between individuality, solitude, and isolation. Individuality is the qualities, or character, which distinguish a person from other people. Solitude, on the other hand, is simply the state of being alone. Isolation is when one remains alone or apart from others. Those three words seem pretty similar, but contextually have different meanings. The meanings of these words apply to Pallasmaa's text because he discusses the way an individual remains in constant contact with the environment around him/her, connected through the way they are interpreting their surroundings. As the individual “loses connection”, they are more isolated from the environment. Pallasmaa also says that by advancing technology and changing the architecture in buildings to be make us more connected via our senses will reveal a certain “dark interiority” within us. Different environments make us feel different ways. For example, at hospitals or airports, we feel less connected, as the modern technology and simply non-tasteful feel of the setting around us throws us off from paying attention to our senses.
It is good to focus on the future and getting ahead and moving forward, but it is also very important not to forget the past. Recognizing ourselves as historical beings is important. When we put aside all the tools we use thanks to modern technologies, we are left with our bare nature...