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Villegas, Andres F. "Aesthetics for the Uncanny in Architecture" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2021.


A Design Thesis presented to the Faculty of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor David Newton. Lincoln, Nebraska: May 2021

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This thesis puts forth an aesthetic model that explores phenomenological effects of the architectural uncanny as a disruptor of an ever-becoming standardized architecture. Along with an increasing population, and the rapid digitazition of architecture, the Building Industry has seen a drastic demand for productivity and efficiency in construction.

This in turn, has led urban spaces to be synthesized into formulas and algorithms as repeating, automated recipes in the urban fabric.

The proposed aesthetic model will re-contextualize concepts of the architectural uncanny in our contemporary societal and urban fabric, as a response to a built environment that seems growingly dictated, arranged and driven by spatial algorithms.

These concepts will then be applied in the design of a new urban space typology that will emphasize on bringing presence and self-awareness as a response to an architecture that seems devoid of meaning and human connection.

Advisor: David Newton

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