Architecture and Ugliness

Anti-Aesthetics and the Ugly in Postmodern Architecture
 
 
Bloomsbury Visual Arts (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 9. Januar 2020
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  • 304 Seiten
 
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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.
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Wouter Van Acker is chargé de cours (Associate Professor) and Chair of Architectural Theory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.

Thomas Mical is Professor of Architectural Theory and Head of the School of Art and Design of Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. He is the author of Surrealism and Architecture (2004).
List of Figures

List of Contributors

Retracing the Ugly and the Anti-aesthetic as a Productive Force in Postmodern Architecture
Wouter Van Acker, (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

1. Ugliness, the anti-aesthetic and appropriation: with some remarks on the architecture of ARM
John Macarthur, (University of Queensland, Australia)

2. On Ugliness (in Architecture)
Bart Verschaffel, (Ghent University, Belgium)

PART 1: UGLY AND MONSTROUS

3. Instrumentalizing Ugliness: Parallels between High Victorian and Brutalist Architecture
Timothy M. Rohan, (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)

4. Monstrous Becomings: A Minor Cartography
Heidi Sohn, (TU Delft, the Netherlands)

5. Faux Monumentality in Ricardo Bofill's Les espaces d'Abraxas
Thomas Mical,(Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand)

6. Post-communism and the Monstrous: Skopje 2014 and Other Political Tales
Mirjana Lozanovska, (Deakin University, Australia)

7. Here be Monsters
Andrew Leach, (The University of Sydney, Australia)

8. To Make Monsters
Caroline O'Donnell, (Cornell University, USA)

PART 2: UGLY AND ORDINARY

9. 'Ugly': The Architecture of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Deborah Fausch

10. Camp Ugliness: The Case of Charles W. Moore
Patricia A. Morton, (University of California, Riverside, USA)

11. Architecture in El Alto: the Politics of Excess
Elisabetta Andreoli

12. The Critical Kitsch of Alchimia and Memphis: Design by Media
AnnMarie Brennan, (University of Melbourne, Australia)

13. The Immediacy of Urban Reality in Postwar Italy: Between Neorealism's and Tendenza's Instrumentalization of Ugliness
Marianna Charitonidou, (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

14. Ugliness as Aesthetic Friction: Renewing Architecture Against the Grain
Lara Schrijver, (University of Antwerp, Belgium)

15. Ugliness, or the Cathectic Moment of Modulation between Terror and the Comic in Postmodern Architecture
Wouter Van Acker, (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

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