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The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely

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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 an engaging and original series of meditations on issues and figures that are at the heart of the most pressing debates surrounding architecture today. Anthony Vidler interprets contemporary buildings and project
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 29th 1994 by Mit Press (first published 1992)
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Forget the first section--- the final two parts are well done: considerations of how architecture tries to evoke emotional states and how architecture has been done to create a sense of the "uncanny", to unsettle viewers and make them acknowledge social, political, and cultural contradictions. Good focus on the early work of Coop Himmelblau. Alas-- poorly illustrated, with little visual sense of what uncanny architecture looks like.
I bought this book because I thought it was about architecture (The art and science of designing and erecting buildings.) There was a lot of philosophy and literature and a little psychology but I was hard pressed to find any architecture. There were very few illustrations and they were largely unrelated to the text.
David Thomas
Vintage Vidler. Dense, perceptive and argued with vigor. For me, the emphasis on the psychological approach to knowing eclipsed other modes of knowledge. But, when you talk about the uncanny, I suppose you end up with Freud, and when you end up with Freud, it's gonna get all psychological.
I was lucky to be reading this while I was working in Iceland, living near an abandoned village. The main theme is the psychology of a place, or house- and reminded me of the book Landscapes of Fear by Yi Fu Tuan. It's about feeling scared by buildings. New and old.
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brilliant work, yet I forgot most of it...I guess I will have to re-read it...
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