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East Meets West: Designing an Institute of World Religions in Istanbul

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dc.contributor.advisor Wood, Peter Browne, Rosemary 2018-02-20T00:13:00Z 2018-02-20T00:13:00Z 2017 2017
dc.description.abstract Globally, over 65 million people have become involuntary displaced from their homes, their families and their livelihoods, victims of socio-political and cultural conflicts, manmade and environmental disasters. A global crisis is unfolding on an unprecedented scale. Refugee camps are today’s architecture of displacement, monuments of human suffering. The architectural language of the refugee crisis is one of grids of tents, tarpaulins and containers; a language of lightness and vulnerability. This failed architecture of displacement may be seen as an opportunity to re-evaluate how architecture may respond global crises. This thesis therefore aims to construct an innovative, adaptable infrastructure that responds to the global migration crisis. Slavoj Žižek’s idiosyncratic text ‘Against the Double Blackmail’ is taken as an intellectual provocateur for the research process. Žižek offers a highly speculative and radical response to global mass migration, affirming a utopian reconstruction of society as our only option to resolve this global crisis. Therefore, the architectural construction of ‘utopia’ as a highly poetic and symbolic response to the global migration crisis is examined and developed. The research is set in Istanbul, a geographical and cultural meeting point between Eastern and Western civilisations, and an international hub for refugees. The site itself is located in the ruins of St. Polyeuktos, an ancient, abandoned and dilapidated church in the centre of the city Both analogue and digital drawing are embraced as design methodologies to examine the architectural representation of Žižek’s utopia. The thesis culminates with a dynamic, sculptural formal expression of Žižek’s utopia, through the construct of an Institute of World Religions. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Utopia en_NZ
dc.subject Drawing en_NZ
dc.subject Žižek sl
dc.subject Istanbul tr
dc.subject Religious architecture en_NZ
dc.subject St. Poleuktos en_NZ
dc.subject Utopian architecture en_NZ
dc.subject Sacred architecture en_NZ
dc.subject Religious en_NZ
dc.subject Architecture en_NZ
dc.title East Meets West: Designing an Institute of World Religions in Istanbul en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Architecture en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Architecture (Professional) en_NZ
dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow modifications en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow commercial use en_NZ 2017-11-21T08:00:25Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120101 Architectural Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 3 APPLIED RESEARCH en_NZ

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