Download Citation on ResearchGate | The Architectural Uncanny | This essay argues that (post)colonial cities are often studies in what Anthony Vidler calls the . Vidler, Anthony; The Architectural Uncanny; Unhomely Houses. By far the most popular topos of the 19th-century uncanny was the haunted house. “Brilliant. Anthony Vidler is a conceptual conjurer of formidable skill.” — J. Mordaunt Crook, “New York Times Book Review” The Architectural Uncanny presents.

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Apr 08, DoctorM rated it it was ok Shelves: Toby rated it really liked it Jul 25, Rather than complementing one another within the same pages of the current volume, however, these twin roles have not reached an entirely comfortable resolution in accommodating his broader project precisely and perversely within the elastic concept of the uncanny.

In part, this difference can be measured by the fact that, while architecture may have always had a privileged relation to the unheimlich, with its construction of an ultimately faulty barrier between the interior and exterior, in the early discussions architecture was merely a necessary backdrop for uncanny experiences. Essays in the Modern Unhomely by Anthony Vidler.

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Luca rated it liked it Feb 01, I guess I will have to re-read it There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign anthlny. He interprets the unsettling qualities of today’s uncaanny fragmented neo-constructivist forms reminiscent of dismembered bodies, its “seeing walls” replicating the passive gaze of domestic cyborgs, its historical monuments indistinguishable from glossy reproductions – in the light of modern reflection on questions of social and individual estrangement, alienation, exile, and homelessness.


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The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely

Kaity rated it really liked it Nov 29, Arcuitectural to this book Anthiny Space: Hoffmann Eisenman eyes facade face fear fragment Freud Georges Bataille grid haunted Hegel heimlich Uncahny Hoffmann Homes for Cyborgs human implied interior interpretation irony Jacques Lacan Krespel Lacan Le Corbusier literal meaning memory metaphor mirror mirror stage modern modernist monuments museum myth nature Nodier nostalgia Notes to Pages notion objects once Paris Pater Piranesi play political Pompeii postmodern present psychological Renaissance representation repression romantic Schinkel seems sense Shifting Ground Sigfried Giedion social spatial speak Stirling’s story strange structure sublime surrealist symbolic tion traces traditional transformed translated transparency Tschumi uncanny unheimlich Unhomely Houses urban vision walls Walter Benjamin Wiel Arets.

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The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely by Anthony Vidler

My library Help Advanced Anthonny Search. For me, the emphasis on the psychological approach to knowing afchitectural other modes of knowledge. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. The essays are at once historical–serving to situate contemporary discourse in its own intellectual tradition and theoretical–opening up the complex and difficult relationships between politics, social thought, and architectural design in an era when the reality of homelessness and the idealism of the neo-avant-garde have never seemed so far apart.

In this singular quest, Anthony Vidler has emerged as perhaps the most articulate architectural historian of the modern period and certainly as one of the most sympathetic critics of the postwar avant-gardes. While the choice of most of these architects seems obvious with regard to an investigation into the unheimlich, in the case of others the uncanny appears to turn up in the strangest of places.

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