Architecture and Ugliness

Architecture and Ugliness

Anti-Aesthetics and the Ugly in Postmodern Architecture Wouter Van Acker, Thomas Mical. Feelings , after Sianne Ngais book.44 ' Ugly feelings ' such as envy , paranoia , irritation , animatedness or what she calls stuplimity ( a mix of ...

Author: Wouter Van Acker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350068247

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

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Whatever 'ugliness' is, it remains a problematic category in architectural aesthetics – alternately vilified and appropriated, used either to shock or to invert conventions of architecture. This book presents sixteen new scholarly essays which rethink ugliness in recent architecture – from Brutalism to eclectic postmodern architectural productions – and together offer a diverse reappraisal of the history and theory of postmodern architecture and design. The essays address both broad theoretical questions on ugliness and postmodern aesthetics, as well as more specific analyses of significant architectural examples dating from the last decades of the twentieth century. The book attends to the diverse relations between the aesthetic register of ugliness and closely connected aesthetic concepts such as the monstrous, the ordinary, disgust, the excessive, the grotesque, the interesting, the impure and the sublime. This volume does not simply document the history of a postmodern anti-aesthetic through case studies. Instead, it aims to shed light on aesthetic problems that have been largely overlooked in the agenda of architectural theory. This book answers in detail the questions: How did postmodern architects appropriate troublesome contradictions bound to the raw ugliness of the real? How have the ugly and the antiaesthetic been a productive force in postmodern architecture? How can ugliness be of value to architecture? And how can architecture make good use of ugliness?
Categories: Architecture

Architecture and Ugliness

Architecture and Ugliness

This volume does not simply document the history of a postmodern anti-aesthetic through case studies. Instead, it aims to shed light on aesthetic problems that have been largely overlooked in the agenda of architectural theory.

Author: Wouter Van Acker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350068254

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

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Whatever 'ugliness' is, it remains a problematic category in architectural aesthetics - alternately vilified and appropriated, either to shock or to invert conventions of architecture. This book presents eighteen new essays which rethink ugliness in architecture - from brutalism to eclectic postmodern architectural productions - and together offer a diverse reappraisal of the history and theory of postmodern architecture and design. The essays address both broad theoretical questions on ugliness and postmodern aesthetics, as well as more specific analyses of significant architectural examples dating from the last decades of the twentieth century, addressing the relation between the aesthetic register of ugliness and aesthetic concepts such as brutalism, kitsch, the formless, ad hoc-ism, the monstrous, or the grotesque. The aim of this volume is not simply to document the history of a postmodern anti-aesthetic through case studies. Instead, it aims to shed light on an aesthetic problem that has been largely overlooked in the agenda of architectural theory, the question if and how ugliness can be of interest to architecture; or if and how architecture can make good use of ugliness.
Categories: Architecture

Ugliness and Judgment

Ugliness and Judgment

In Ugliness and Judgment, Timothy Hyde considers the role of aesthetic judgment—and its concern for ugliness—in architectural debates and their resulting social effects across three centuries of British architectural history.

Author: Timothy Hyde

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691179162

Category: Architecture

Page: 232

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A novel interpretation of architecture, ugliness, and the social consequences of aesthetic judgment When buildings are deemed ugly, what are the consequences? In Ugliness and Judgment, Timothy Hyde considers the role of aesthetic judgment—and its concern for ugliness—in architectural debates and their resulting social effects across three centuries of British architectural history. From eighteenth-century ideas about Stonehenge to Prince Charles’s opinions about the National Gallery, Hyde uncovers a new story of aesthetic judgment, where arguments about architectural ugliness do not pertain solely to buildings or assessments of style, but intrude into other spheres of civil society. Hyde explores how accidental and willful conditions of ugliness—including the gothic revival Houses of Parliament, the brutalist concrete of the South Bank, and the historicist novelty of Number One Poultry—have been debated in parliamentary committees, courtrooms, and public inquiries. He recounts how architects such as Christopher Wren, John Soane, James Stirling, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe have been summoned by tribunals of aesthetic judgment. With his novel scrutiny of lawsuits for libel, changing paradigms of nuisance law, and conventions of monarchical privilege, he shows how aesthetic judgments have become entangled in wider assessments of art, science, religion, political economy, and the state. Moving beyond superficialities of taste in order to see how architectural improprieties enable architecture to participate in social transformations, Ugliness and Judgment sheds new light on the role of aesthetic measurement in our world.
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Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture 1750 1950

Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture  1750 1950

On the other hand , in fairness to many of these designers , one may suspect that the bitterest complaints about architectural ugliness were inspired more by historically motivated prejudices than by a real appreciation of the ...

Author: Peter Collins

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773517758

Category: Architecture

Page: 308

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Changing Ideals in Modern Architecture revolutionized the understanding of modernism in architecture, pushing back the sense of its origin from the early twentieth century to the 1750s and thus placing architectural thought within the a broader context of Western intellectual history. This new edition of Peter Collins's ground-breaking study includes all seventy-two illustrations of the hard cover original edition, which has been out of print since 1967, and restores the large format.
Categories: Architecture

Ugliness

Ugliness

Author: Jonathan D. Rigby

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ISBN: OCLC:966520372

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American Urban Architecture

American Urban Architecture

40 Jane Jacobs's criticism of formalism reiterates the theme : “ There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder , and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order , achieved by ignoring or suppressing ...

Author: Wayne Attoe

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520061527

Category: Architecture

Page: 190

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Attoe and Logan propose a specifically American theory of urban design. Arguing that theories of urban design, especially theories about the remaking of cities, have been largely European in origin and thus of questionable value in American contexts, the authors see the characteristic features of American cities--the grid, loft buildings, distinctive styling, and so forth--as opportunities for a specifically American urbanism.
Categories: Architecture

Anti Ugly

Anti Ugly

Excursions in English Architecture and Design Gavin Stamp. Happily, this elegant and sophisticated architect is still with us and his interesting and undervalued work is being celebrated in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. It ...

Author: Gavin Stamp

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 9781781312179

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

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Since 2004 Gavin Stamp, one of Britain’s most eminent and readable architectural historians, has written a monthly column for Apollo, the esteemed architecture and fine art magazine. The subject is simply whatever in design or architecture happens to take his fancy. It might be the splendid reopening of the magnificent Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station, or the dilapidation of a little-known church in Eastbourne; the much-lamented demise of the original Routemaster bus, or the colossal majesty of the airship sheds that housed the R.101. But while these pieces display a wonderful range and variety, they are unified by Stamp’s wider quest: to explore, define and champion the very Englishness of English architecture and design. When fine examples are preserved and restored, he celebrates; when they fall victim to philistine neglect – or, worse, demolition – he mourns. And when the elegant is overshadowed by the merely modish, he deplores. In Anti-Ugly, Stamp has selected the best of these ‘excursions’, producing a compulsively readable collection that builds into an eloquent, learned, trenchant and often indignant portrait of our national design heritage.
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Works of John Ruskin Seven lamps of architecture Lectures on architecture Study of architecture Poetry of architecture

Works of John Ruskin  Seven lamps of architecture  Lectures on architecture  Study of architecture  Poetry of architecture

You perhaps fancied that architectural beauty was a very costly thing Far from it . It is architectural ugliness that is costly . In the modern system of architecture , decoration is immoderately expensive , l ecause it is both wrongly ...

Author: John Ruskin

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ISBN: NYPL:33433107900965

Category: English literature

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Categories: English literature

Lectures on Architecture and Painting

Lectures on Architecture and Painting

You perhaps fancied that architectural beauty was a very costly thing . Far from it . It is architectural ugliness that is costly . In the modern system of architecture , decoration is immoderately expensive , because it is both wrongly ...

Author: John Ruskin

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015015258943

Category: Architectural criticism

Page: 256

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Categories: Architectural criticism