“The taste of the apple lies in the contact of the fruit with the palate, not in the fruit itself,” Jorge Luis Borges once said. The taste is not something inherent in itself; its experience is the result of an encounter. Similarly, emotions are not contained within architecture, but are only felt through the encounter of the body with the space, when it becomes a place. How does the environment affect how we feel? This is the question that drives the duo of artists and filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine in their latest endeavor, the book “The Emotional Power of Space,” which will be released on May 17th in an event preceding the opening of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023.

The duo seeks a comprehensive understanding of the issue by interviewing twelve architects from diverse contexts, bringing forth intriguing viewpoints. “We understood that the way we sense and perceive is so deeply rooted in the climate and the culture in which one grew up. That’s why we wanted to gather in this book voices of very different nationalities, cultural backgrounds but also generations,” say the authors, who talked to Álvaro Siza, Anne Holtrop, Bijoy Jain, Boonserm Premthada, Jacques Herzog, Juhani Pallasmaa, Junya Ishigami, Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, Smiljan Radić, Tatiana Bilbao, and Terunobu Fujimori.

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