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Foreword

Chapter 1. Dragons, Tunnels, Gold and Russians: Narrative Introductions into the Bowels of 'Corrupt' Architecture
Chapter 2. Between Pragmatic Clearance and Pure Iconoclasm: Theoretical Perspectives on the Life and Death of Undesired Buildings
Chapter 3. 13 May 2001, 8.01 A.M. - 1 Building, 20,000 People and 450 Kilograms of Explosives: The Elimination of the Kaiserbau in Troisdorf as a Secular Sacrifice
Chapter 4. Witnessing Urbicide: Contested Destruction in Sarajevo
Chapter 5. From Nuclear Waste to a Temple of Consumerism: The Recuperation and Neutralization of the Ex-would-be Nuclear Power Plant in Kalkar
Chapter 6. Consuming the 'Platte' in East Berlin: The Revaluation of Former GDR Architecture
Chapter 7. If Not Clearing, Then At Least Thinking Them Away: The Significance of Unrealized Proposals and the Viennese Flakturme
Chapter 8. 'L' like 'Left to Its Own Devices': The Progressive Dilapidation of the Kulturhaus in Zinnowitz
Chapter 9. Exorcizing Remains: Architectural Fragments as Intermediaries between History and Individual Experience
Chapter 10. In Fond Memory of a Rejected Edifice: Reaffirming Agency by Rehabilitating Vanished Eyesores
Chapter 11. Eyesores Are Indispensable: Concluding Remarks

Epilogue: Taboos on the Multi-Sensory Materiality of Buildings and Their Agency

Notes
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Index

List of Illustrations Foreword Chapter 1. Dragons, Tunnels, Gold and Russians: Narrative Introductions into the Bowels of 'Corrupt' Architecture Chapter 2. Between Pragmatic Clearance and Pure Iconoclasm: Theoretical Perspectives on the Life and Death of Undesired Buildings Chapter 3. 13 May 2001, 8.01 A.M. - 1 Building, 20,000 People and 450 Kilograms of Explosives: The Elimination of the Kaiserbau in Troisdorf as a Secular Sacrifice Chapter 4. Witnessing Urbicide: Contested Destruction in Sarajevo Chapter 5. From Nuclear Waste to a Temple of Consumerism: The Recuperation and Neutralization of the Ex-would-be Nuclear Power Plant in Kalkar Chapter 6. Consuming the 'Platte' in East Berlin: The Revaluation of Former GDR Architecture Chapter 7. If Not Clearing, Then At Least Thinking Them Away: The Significance of Unrealized Proposals and the Viennese Flakturme Chapter 8. 'L' like 'Left to Its Own Devices': The Progressive Dilapidation of the Kulturhaus in Zinnowitz Chapter 9. Exorcizing Remains: Architectural Fragments as Intermediaries between History and Individual Experience Chapter 10. In Fond Memory of a Rejected Edifice: Reaffirming Agency by Rehabilitating Vanished Eyesores Chapter 11. Eyesores Are Indispensable: Concluding Remarks Epilogue: Taboos on the Multi-Sensory Materiality of Buildings and Their Agency Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Melanie van der Hoorn studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and obtained her doctorate at Utrecht University. She was awarded the Boekman Prize 1999 for her MA thesis The Negative (of the) City: Unbuilt Projects and Undesirable Architecture in Vienna. Currently, she conducts research on architecture and comics.

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"Indispensable Eyesores suggests many new ways to think about human relationships with the built environment and more critically understand not only what buildings mean but also how they mean. It also promises to challenge and inspire productive debate and encourage much fruitful research." * Current Anthropology

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