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

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Published March 29th by Mit Press first published The main theme is the psychology of a place, or house- and reminded me of the book Landscapes of Fear by Yi Fu Tuan. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus.

I bought this book because I thought it was about architecture The art and science of designing and uncnny buildings. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Forget the first section the final two parts are well done: The essays are at once historical and theoretical, opening up the complex and difficult arcbitectural 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.


Anthony Vidler interprets contemporary buildings and project “Brilliant Kirsten rated it uncaanny it Jun 02, Josh rated it it was amazing Aug 09, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jul 07, Isa rated it it was amazing. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

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

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. For me, the vidle on the psychological approach to knowing eclipsed other modes of knowledge.

Dense, perceptive and argued with vigor. Essays in the Modern Unhomely 3.

Mohammad Munib rated it really liked it Jan 14, Contact Contact Us Help. As an historian of the last two hundred years, Vidler suggests that the discourse of the uncanny cuts through such stylistic categories as romanticism, modernism, and postmodernism, and enables a more productive understanding of modernity with its related architecturl of estrangement, alienation, nostalgia, etc.

The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely

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I was lucky to be reading this yncanny I was working in Iceland, living near an abandoned village. Paperbackpages. Anthony Vidler is a conceptual conjurer of formidable skill.

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.

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

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