The Architecture of Horror: A Quick Guide to the Dark Side of the Built Environment

Every designer desires to create something exceptional, something that will surprise the viewer and set the creation apart from the rest (who would go out of their way to design something banal or mundane?). Sometimes, though, in order to catch someone’s attention, you need a bit of a … shock factor. Something that will trigger a gut response. However, the deviant anatomies that result from this architectural thrill-seeking can be dangerous, and, if we're not careful, could evolve into a new archi-monster. Joshua Comaroff and Ong Ker-Shing's book “Horror in Architecture” begins to inspect some of these fearful creations. One example is projects that occur at the cusp between two architectural movements — taking the language of one time and overlaying it onto the context of another results in disjunctive aesthetics that are often Frankenstein-ish in nature. Another is forms that are born of market logic, molded from policy and economics. Join us in taking a peek at the architectural freakshow presented in the book and categorizing buildings into some classic horrific typologies. Which buildings do you think are the ideal zombies, vampires and specters? Doubles & Clones "We begin with a subject that is perhaps most basic to horror, ...
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