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Monday, May 4, 2015 — 12:30 PM EDT
Of the thesis entitled: [Un]canny Spaces: The Unbecoming of Everyday Architecture
 

Abstract:

Beginning in the late eighteenth century, socioeconomic changes due to rapid urbanization defined a clear demarcation between public and private realms. In opposition to the chaotic milieu of the cities, the notion of home as a site of refuge was even more reinforced, propagating a cult of domesticity in the bourgeois society. Displaying excessive interior decorations and countless collections of personal objects, home has become an inwardly-constructed embodiment of one’s desires, memories and emotions. Not only a hideout from the external world but also an exposé of one’s repressed unconscious, home becomes simultaneously a place of the homely and the unhomely.
 
The thesis investigates the phenomenology of the ambivalent nature of everyday architecture. Within banal landscape of familiar world, the unhomely emerges and subverts the preconceived notion of architectural space. What was once inextricably linked to one’s senses is now being questioned of its validity and reliability. The unhomely is not a physical setting located in a particular site, nor a mere stimulus eliciting certain emotions; rather, it is the process of re-contextualization of one’s intimate relationship with the world. This architectural phenomenon reveals the notion of death living in our existential temporality through the process in which the unconscious is projected onto the physical materiality of architecture. It is the fearful nature of everyday space which unbecomes itself, separating our bodily ego from the world of familiarity.
 
The following work attempts to analyze the nature the un- of the [un]homely. This mechanism indicates that our everyday space is imbued with a precarious, yet, powerful energy of becoming that constantly transforms the familiar into the unfamiliar. In the space of the unhomely, we are haunted by our own emotions and imaginations which create a new kind of architectural experience beyond the domain of the corporeal.
 

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor:

Committee Members:

Ryszard Sliwka, University of Waterloo

Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo
 
Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo  
 
 

External Reader:

Scott Sorli

 



The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.


The Defence Examination will take place:  

Monday May 4, 2015
12:30PM

Architecture Room 2003 (Photo Studio)  

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
Room 2003
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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