Replacement of Memories via Reconstruction of Historical Buildings

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ICONARCH III International Congress of Architecture Memory of Place in Architecture and Planning, Konya, Turkey, 11 May 2017, vol.2, pp.710-719

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • City: Konya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.710-719


Wars are the most devastating events in the world, and always end up with the destructions ofthe cities, deaths of several people and demolitions of the buildings. Even a war is completelyover, its traumatic traces on people lives stay behind, and an intensive mourning spreads allover the towns like an infectious disease. At this point, along with two choices; replacementwith new or replacement with old, architecture may have ability to rehabilitate society bycompensating those destroyed in the wars. In both cases architects and city planners try to healthe mourning with canalizing the love of the loss into a new one. This study focuses on therecollective approach; the decision of replacement with old by bringing back to the copies ofthe demolished buildings into the future with the re-construction of their replicas.This paper aims to discuss nostalgic attempts in architecture and it's the ability to replace lossmemories with the re-constructions of by-gone architecture. In this framework, severalexamples are
analyzed and discussed into two categories; ‘immediate’ and ‘ambitious'
reconstructions. Consequently, this study emphasizes that after destruction (death) of abuilding, memory leaves behind in its place. As mourning captures architecture, throughnostalgic approaches the building and so its belonging memories are replaced with their copies.