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Immaterial Memorials: A Speculative Memorial through Counterpreservation

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Title: Immaterial Memorials: A Speculative Memorial through Counterpreservation
Author: Gatta, Massimiliano
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Holland, Martin JohnAmoroso, Nadia
Abstract: In a highly diverse society such as ours, what kind of urban image might function as a memorial? This thesis explores urban conditions, theories and artistic tendencies that have influenced contemporary memorialization. Interdisciplinary literature reviews and my participation in a memorial competition inform my argument that prescribing a specific method for memory work is ill-advised. Instead, I assert that the purposeful use of ruins can function as one way to integrate conflicting cultural memory into the built environment. The strategy has not received extensive attention in the current literature on memorials, but it has appeared in the domain of architecture as "counterpreservation" to denote the intentional use of architectural decay. Through careful site selection, an urban park in Toronto has been identified where an evolving modernist ruin could be the focal point in a landscape commemorating conflicting narratives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17686
Date: 2019-12-09
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