The Creative Exchange No. 2


The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa

The Eyes of the Skin has become a classic of architectural theory and consists of two extended essays. The first surveys the historical development of the ocular-centric paradigm in western culture since the Greeks, and its impact on the experience of the world and the nature of architecture. The second examines the role of the other senses in authentic architectural experiences, and points the way towards a multi-sensory architecture which facilitates a sense of belonging and integration.


How to Study Public Life by Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre

“How do we accommodate a growing urban population in a way that is sustainable, equitable, and inviting? This question is becoming increasingly urgent to answer as we face diminishing fossil-fuel resources and the effects of a changing climate while global cities continue to compete to be the most vibrant centers of culture, knowledge, and finance.

Jan Gehl has been examining this question since the 1960s, when few urban designers or planners were thinking about designing cities for people. But given the unpredictable, complex and ephemeral nature of life in cities, how can we best design public infrastructure—vital to cities for getting from place to place, or staying in place—for human use? Studying city life and understanding the factors that encourage or discourage use is the key to designing inviting public space.”


Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck

Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight into what urban planners actually do and how places can and do change, Walkable City lays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable vision of how to make our normal American cities great again.




“Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.”


Scratching the Surface

“Scratching the Surface is a podcast about the intersection of design criticism and practice hosted by Jarrett Fuller. Each week, Jarrett interviews designers, writers, critics, educators and those that operate between these fields about how writing, criticism, and theory informs individual practice and the graphic design profession at large.”


Material Matters

“Material Matters features in-depth interviews with a variety of designers, makers and artists about their relationship with a particular material or technique. Hosted by writer and critic Grant Gibson.'”



A Well-Made Object: Architect Howard Meyer

“In the late 1980’s, as his architectural practice was ending and his archive was being transferred to the collection of the University of Texas Alexander Architectural Archive, Meyer’s past client Carolyn Clark worked with Dallas filmmaker Jim Murray to produce a short film devoted to Meyer’s life and work.

The film project was completed in rough form in 1991 but the project lay dormant for a number of years until reinitiated in the spring of 2009 by Mrs. Clark.

Working with filmmaker J. Mitchell Johnson and architect W. Mark Gunderson, AIA a new film has been made to current standards which revises major portions of the orginal material and utilizes outtakes unseen in that film.”


Synecdoche, New York by Charlie Kaufman

“A theater director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he attempts to create a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of his new play.”


The Competition by Angel Borrego Cubero

“A raw account of how some of the world’s leading architects, giants such as Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, struggle to beat the competition for the National Art Museum in Andorra.”


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#MuseumFromHome COLLECTION

DMA Collection

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Nasher Collection

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Kimbell Collection

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