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Embracing Ugliness
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To understand the story of the ugly it is necessary to first immerse in the story of beauty. Histor­ically, the ugly has simply been regarded as the negation of beauty and something one would seek to avoid. In the western world ideas of purity, perfection and divine proportions have long been prevailing to describe the most beautiful and sacred objects or ideals, however, being so closely re­lated to the issue of taste and cultural values, the definition of both subjects, have varied through history. Even if the ugly as its own subject has been little discussed, at times, it has in a sense been brought to light through the modern art discourse, during the 20th century.

The ugly is in its very essence something rejected and disgusting that in many ways has no reason to exist in its own right other than as a way of measuring what true beauty is. It stands for everything that is evil, corrupt or morally deprived. But since it is already so connected with wrongs, there is also a strong sense of liberation found in it. Can the ugly have a function in that it allows for a more freeing approach, being so discon­nected from standards and preconceptions?

This is an attempt to investigate the ugly in relation to architecture, using the typology of the single family house as a platform to test different aspects of the subject. The investigation seeks to use different ideas of the theme, taken from theories, personal reflections or ideals prevalent at the time being. The aspects chosen here does not follow a straight line but are to be seen as examples of different meanings that the subject can carry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 45
Keywords [en]
Ugly, ugliness, single family house
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-223452OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-223452DiVA, id: diva2:1184522
Educational program
Master of Architecture - Architecture
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Available from: 2018-10-16 Created: 2018-02-21 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved

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