A building that recalls : architecture as/and visual rhetorics

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Title: A building that recalls : architecture as/and visual rhetorics
Author: Hoag, Trevor Lee
Abstract: “A Building that Recalls” is a report that offers up the provocation that figures of housing are prevalent throughout histories of rhetorics connected to memory , and are of great ethical significance . One can turn to three key examples to demonstrate this thesis : Martin Heidegger’s Black Forest “Hut ,” Michel Foucault’s “Panopticon ,” and Lebbeus Woods’ “Scar” and “Scab” architectural designs . Heidegger’s hut reminds its viewers that a place of dwelling can serve both as a lesson in the dangers of nationalist memory -politics , and simultaneously as a model for overcoming fascism in oneself . Foucault’s Panopticon model reveals that the rooting out and “forgetting” of burned in social norms is difficult because subjectivity is a social fabrication . Finally , Lebbeus Wood’s “Scar” and “Scab” designs (accompanied with commentary by Victor Vitanza ) show how an affirmative forgetting is possible in the wake of tyranny and trauma .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -731
Date: 2010-11-10

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A building that recalls : architecture as/and visual rhetorics. Master's thesis, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -731 .

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