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Paperback | $24.95 Trade | £17.95 | ISBN: 9780262720182 | 280 pp. | 5.9 x 8.9 in | March 1994

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The Architectural Uncanny

Essays in the Modern Unhomely


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 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 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.

About the Author

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.


"Brilliant.... Anthony Vidler is a conceptual conjurer offormidable skill."
J. Mordaunt Crook, New York TimesBook Review