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Title: Architecture and Memory
Description: Why did the Philadelphia police bomb a house in West Philadelphia in 1985 and let the whole neighborhood burn for hours? Why is "Ground Zero" such a powerful place? Why did ancient Babylonian kings dig around to locate the foundations of ancient temples? Before the invention of the printing press, buildings and monuments have been considered as the "book of humanity" on which the stories of humanity had been inscribed. Buildings have been mediators of the past. Stories cling to their stones, which become visible residues of the human lives that shape them. Memories, imaginations and experiences, collectively shared or individual, give meaning to architectural spaces. This course explores the intersections of memory and architecture through various archaeological case studies from the ancient world. We will work on the hypothesis that memory is not simply a matter of the individual mind: it is always materially manifested and it is always part of our everyday lives.
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Name: Omur Harmansah
Online Course: No
Affiliation: Brown University
Field: Archaeology,Cultural
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Introductory
Student Type: Undergraduate
Class Size: 20-50
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