“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. First appearing in often fugitive publications between and , Anthony Vidler’s diverse yet oddly familiar essays have found a convenient and timely.

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

His most recent book is Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: MIT Press- Architecture – pages. Anthony Vidler interprets contemporary buildings and projects in light of the resurgent interest in the uncanny as a metaphor for a fundamentally “unhomely” modern condition.

Liz rated it it was amazing Archiitectural 08, 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.

Stephen rated it liked it Jan 04, Tom M rated it it was ok Aug 18, Anthony Vidler interprets contemporary buildings and projects in light of the resurgent interest in the uncanny as a metaphor for a fundamentally “unhomely” modern condition. Essays in the Modern Unhomely by Anthony Vidler. The essays are at once historical 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.


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Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. Anthony Vidler is William R.

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References to this book Warped Space: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There was a lot of philosophy and literature and a little psychology but I was hard pressed to find any architecture. As a critic of the past twenty-five years, however, Vidler must also make the seemingly opposed claim that the manifestation of the uncanny in the postwar period is unique.

Lists with This Book. Toby rated it really liked it Jul 25, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The main theme is the psychology of a place, or house- and reminded me of the book Landscapes of Fear by Yi Fu Tuan. 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 experiences of estrangement, alienation, nostalgia, etc.

Vidler, one of the deftest and surest critics of the contemporary scene, explores aspects of architecture through notions of the uncanny as they have been developed in literature, philosophy, and psychology from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present.

Sep 16, Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref Shelves: Common terms and phrases aesthetic Altes Museum analogy apparently architect architecture avant-garde Bataille Bernard Tschumi bodily body Boullee building century classical construction contemporary context Coop Himmelblau Corbusier Corbusier’s critical culture Cyborgs dark space death Atchitectural Diller and Scofidio double dream Duchamp E.


The Architectural Uncanny presents an engaging and original series of meditations on issues and figures that are at the heart Forget the first section the final two parts are well done: 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.

Jacque Vicler rated it it was amazing Oct 22, For me, the emphasis on the psychological approach to knowing eclipsed other modes of knowledge.

Be the first to ask a question about The Architectural Uncanny. 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.

Essays in the Modern Unhomely Mit Press.

The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Alas– poorly illustrated, with little visual architectudal of what uncanny architecture looks like.

There were very few illustrations and they were largely unrelated to the text.

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