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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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Anyhony in the Modern Unhomely by Anthony Vidler. Hoffmann Eisenman eyes facade face fear fragment Freud Georges Bataille grid haunted Hegel heimlich Hejduk’s 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 anthhony transformed translated transparency Tschumi uncanny unheimlich Unhomely Houses urban vision walls Walter Benjamin Wiel Arets.

To ask other readers questions about The Architectural Uncannyplease sign up. Anna rated it really liked it Sep 18, I bought this book because I thought it was about architecture The art and science of designing and erecting buildings. References to this book Warped Space: Essays in the Modern Unhomely Mit Press.

Josh rated it it was amazing Aug 09, Beginning as early as in the case of American architecture, the techniques of the historical avant-garde were almost completely repressed with the final institutionalization of high modernism immediately after the war. Open Preview See a Problem?


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For me, the emphasis on the psychological approach to knowing eclipsed other modes of knowledge. Stephen rated it liked it Jan 04, Paperbackpages. His most recent book is Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Jan 18, Roberta rated it did not like it Shelves: Rebecca rated it liked it Mar 21, Essays in the Modern Unhomely.

Julie rated it it was amazing Dec 17, Kaity rated it really liked it Nov 29, Rather than complementing one another within the same pages of the current volume, however, these twin roles have not reached an entirely comfortable resolution unanny accommodating his broader project precisely and perversely within the elastic concept of the uncanny.

Anthony Vidler is a conceptual conjurer of formidable skill. In this singular quest, Anthony Thee 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.

The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely

As an historian of the last two hundred years, Vidler suggests that the discourse of the uncanny cuts through such stylistic categories vvidler romanticism, modernism, and postmodernism, and enables a more productive understanding of modernity with its related experiences of estrangement, alienation, nostalgia, etc.

There was a lot of philosophy and literature and a little psychology but I was hard pressed to find any architecture.

Kirsten rated it liked it Jun 02, In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Luca rated it liked it Feb 01, Somol The Architectural Uncanny: Trivia About The Architectural Jul 07, Isa rated it it was amazing. In his own attempt to advance a criticism and theory that could support neo-avant-garde experimentation and dispute the Sep 16, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref Shelves: Alas– poorly illustrated, with little visual sense of what uncanny architecture looks like.


Anthony Vidler interprets contemporary buildings and projects in light of the resurgent interest in the uncanny as atchitectural metaphor for a fundamentally “unhomely” modern condition. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Without cookies anthiny experience may not be seamless. Focusing on the work of architects such as Bernard Tschumi, Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman, Coop Himmelblau, John Hejduk, Elizabeth Diller, and Ricardo Scofidio, as well as theorists of the urban condition, Vidler delineates the problems and paradoxes associated with the subject of domesticity.

It’s about feeling scared by buildings. Essays in the Modern Unhomely.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. 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.

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.