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The Architecture of Bathing

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The Architecture of Bathing by Christie Pearson
Hardcover $49.95
Oct 06, 2020 | ISBN 9780262044219

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“Practically everywhere that bodies of water are accessible for public soaking, the architect and writer Christie Pearson has tried them out while taking glorious notes. Her book, The Architecture of Bathing: Body, Landscape, Art, careens around in time and place and ponders ‘the bath’s utopian and dystopian aspects.'” 
New York Times Book Review

 “The award-winning Canadian architect and urban interventionist takes a thematic view of form and landscape in this wide-ranging survey of communal bathing’s natural and built environments.”
The Globe and Mail

The Architecture of Bathing, by the architect and University of Waterloo professor Christie Pearson, surveys famous, beautiful, and idiosyncratic balneal buildings, along with such objects as tubs and pools that are the props for ablution. Pearson’s bathing summary is comprehensive, both historically and geographically.”
Literary Review of Canada

“Pearson’s book moves from aquatic centre to sentō, waterfall to thermae bath, hammam to mud bath… in a stimulating, inclusive study of a social activity”
—RIBA Journal 

“The Architecture of Bathing
 is inherently about sense and censure: an excellent study into the artistic, medicinal and spiritual qualities of public bathing.”
— Aesthetica Magazine

Table Of Contents

1. Tub: Sensual form
2. Thermae: Tactical eroticism
3. Public Baths: Gathering community
4. Waterfall: Rejuvenation
5. Spring: Purity and impurity
6. Sea: Rhythmic theater
7. River: Flow dynamics
8. Pool: Play of volumes
9. Pond: Reflection and depth
10. Banya: Immersive technologies
11. Hammam: Ritual generators
12. Jjimjilbang: Ecological networks
13. Sauna: Composing contrast
14. Sento: Artificial landscapes
15. Sweat Lodge: Healing transgressions
List of Images
List of Resources

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