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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
What does a church smell like? Or a movie theater? How conscious are we of the
smells that surround us? The idea that places have an olfactory identity is not
recent. Even in ancient architecture the dynamics of scents and their
permeation were incorporated into the design. The 20th century, however,
witnessed an increasing need to dry out spaces and sterilize the air in the
effort to eliminate any olfactory perception in the regulation of indoor air
quality. The resinous odor of the timber in Peter Zumthor's Swiss Pavillon at
the Hannover Expo; the thinness of the oxygen-poor Blur Bar by Diller+Scofidio;
the shape-rendering Wind Tunnel by Renzo Piano for Ferrari at Maranello—these
are among the most recent signs that architecture is reclaiming it's invisible
olfactory dimension to add a further experience to space. This original book
maps out places and scents from around the world, in architecture throughout
the ages, accompanied by expert "noses": celebrated architects, avant-garde
artists and scientists who research perception.
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