In 21 texts, From the Things Themselves presents approaches relating architecture to phenomenology, and vice-versa. The philosophies of Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty are revisited and experienced through a large array of architectural realizations: from the virtual world of Second Life, the poetical and spiritual worlds of Greek temples, Cistercian or Baroque churches, Chinese and Japanese gardens, to the work of contemporary architects.
Benoit Jacquet is associate professor of Japanese architecture at the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient. Vincent Giraud is a researcher in the Department of Philosophy of Religions, Kyoto University. The contributors include Ross Anderson, Karan August, Jason Crow, Sylvain De Bleeckere, Hubert L. Dreyfus, Terunobu Fujimori, Phoebe Giannisi, Karsten Harries, Lena Hopsch, Takashi Kakuni, Rachel McCann, Santiago de Orduna, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Fernando Quesada, Gilad Ronnen, Adam Sharr, Kioshi Sey Takeyama, Dermott Walsh, Joanna Wlaszyn, and Yue Zhuang.