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Ugliness, the anti-aesthetic and appropriation: With some remarks on the architecture of ARM

John Macarthur

John Macarthur is Director of the Research Centre for Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History (ATCH) at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he also teaches architectural design. His research focuses on the intellectual history of architecture. He has edited four books and published over 120 papers including contributions to the journals Assemblage, Transition, Architecture Research Quarterly, OASE, and the Journal of Architecture. His major work, The Picturesque: Architecture, Disgust and Other Irregularities, was published by Routledge in 2007. Two books edited with colleagues were published in 2015: The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880–1980 (Ashgate) and Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945–1975 (Artifice). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Architecture and Ugliness : Anti-Aesthetics and the Ugly in Postmodern Architecture

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020

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... of unclosed form observed in the successive additions and varieties of construction material. John Nash and Humphry Repton had proto-functionalist accounts of building form that had nothing to do with rural poverty, and by the 1830s JC Loudon, AWN...