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The town's house in not scary. Architecture's uncanny dimensions; Case study on the Town Hall of Leuven
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Year: 2016 Publisher: Leuven KU Leuven. Faculteit Letteren

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The thesis is grounded on three main frameworks: architecture as art, the everyday life theory and the uncanny concept. I discuss the importance and impact of architecture on the everyday life of individuals through the use of the uncanny developed by Sigmund Freud. By putting into perspective the way architecture instigates an uneasy feeling through the mind's projection, I underline the influence architecture and spatial configurations have on our daily lives and the way they determine our feelings, thoughts, emotions and experiences, past, present and future. I argue that it is not as much architecture in itself that holds inherent uncanny or estranged elements or aspects that determine the uneasiness of individuals when faced with, in my case study, the Town Hall of Leuven, but rather it is the individual's mind's projections of past experiences alongside similar Gothic buildings that triggers the uncanny taste for the person. It is not architecture that is inherently uncanny, but the experiences, memories, history and the mind's understanding and angle through which the person sees the monument standing on the Grote Markt for over half a century, that determines the alienated and estranged uncanny feelings for the individual.


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