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Reading Architecture - Remembering - Forgetting interplay: Development of a Framework to Study Urban and Object Level Cases

  • This thesis explores how architecture aids in the performance of open-ended narratives by engaging both actively and passively with memory, i.e. remembering and forgetting. I argue that architecture old and new stems from specific cultural and social forms, and is dictated by processes of remembering and forgetting. It is through interaction (between inhabitant and object) that architecture is given innate meanings within an urban environment that makes its role in the interplay one of investigative interest. To enable the study of this performance, I develop a framework based on various theoretical paradigms to investigate three broad questions: 1) How does one study the performance of memory and forgetting through architecture in dynamic urban landscapes? 2) Is there a way to identify markers and elements within the urban environment that enable such a study? 3) What is the role that urban form plays within this framework and does the transformation of urban form imply the transformation of memory and forgetting? The developed framework is applied to a macro (an urban level study of Bangalore, India) and micro level study (a singular or object level study of Stari Most/ Old Bridge, Mostar, BiH), to analyse the performance of remembering and forgetting in various urban spheres through interaction with architecture and form. By means of observations, archival research, qualitative mapping, drawings and narrative interviews, the study demonstrates that certain sites and characteristics of architecture enable the performance of remembering and the questioning of forgetting by embodying features that support this act. Combining theory and empirical studies this thesis is an attempt to elucidate on the processes through which remembering and forgetting is initiated and experienced through architectural forms. The thesis argues for recognising the potential of architecture as one that embodies and supports the performance of memory and forgetting, by acting as an auratic contact zone.

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author: Sukanya Krishnamurthy
DOI (Cite-Link):https://doi.org/10.25643/bauhaus-universitaet.1802Cite-Link
URN (Cite-Link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:gbv:wim2-20121219-18025Cite-Link
Referee:Prof. Dr. Frank EckardtORCiDGND, Prof. Dr. Amir Pasic
Date of Publication (online):2012/12/19
Year of first Publication:2012
Date of final exam:2012/11/13
Release Date:2012/12/19
Publishing Institution:Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Granting Institution:Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Fakultät Architektur und Urbanistik [bis 2014 Fakultät Architektur]
Institutes:Fakultät Architektur und Urbanistik [bis 2014 Fakultät Architektur] / Professur Soziologie und Sozialgeschichte der Stadt
Tag:Städtischer Raum
GND Keyword:Stadtlandschaft; Erinnerung; Vergessen
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Sozialwissenschaften
BKL-Classification:70 Sozialwissenschaften allgemein
Licence (German):License Logo Creative Commons 4.0 - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell (CC BY-NC 4.0)