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    DescriptionThe 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 projects in light of the resurgent interest in the uncanny as a metaphor for a fundamentally "unhomely" modern condition. 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.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. He interprets the unsettling qualities of today's architecture - its 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.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.Anthony Vidler is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. His most recent book is Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Rgime.

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    The Architectural Uncanny
    Essays in the Modern Unhomely
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    By (author) Anthony Vidler
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9780262720182
    ISBN 10: 0262720183

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    Publication date
    06 May 1994
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Anthony Vidler is Dean and Professor of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, New York. He is the author of Warped Space: Art, Architecture, and Anxiety in Modern Culture (2000), and The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (1992), both published by The MIT Press, and other books.
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    "An important resource for all garden historians... a wonderful book." Penelope Hobhouse , Garden Writer, Historian, and Designer "Brilliant... Anthony Vidler is a conceptual conjurer offormidable skill." J. Mordaunt Crook , New York TimesBook Review "A magisterially handsome - and enormously absorbing - collection of essays crossing centuries and continents." PW Forecasts, Best Books of 1991 "A monumental and brilliantly illustrated physical and intellectual history of gardens since the Renaissance that belongs in every serious library; invaluable to every student of the overwhelming role of architecture in even the smallest garden." Henry Mitchell , Garden Columnist, The Washington Post