Nicoletta Kyverniti

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Spring 5-2016




conflict, urban environments, mediation




Architectural History and Criticism | Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis | Environmental Design | Urban, Community and Regional Planning


Conflict is a timeless topic of conversation, rising and recurring in various parts of the world. Whether active or dormant, the conflict exists within our urban environments in multiple forms and scales. A border that cannot be crossed. A building that cannot be accessed. A view that cannot be seen. It defines how we move within our cities and creates distinct boundaries. Architecture can diverge form its current use of division to instead exhibit the potential for mediation. It can confront the divide through incisions into the existing site thus exposing the need to intervention. It can cerate a wall that can be passed, a tower that can be climbed, and a bridge that can be crossed. A new view of the urban conflict can be obtained through the use and manipulation of the decayed urban fabric itself. This view cerates a more palpable icon of the conflict that can be confronted and thus changed.

This thesis puts forth a series of interventions that allow inhabitants to climb a tower to see a new perspective of the other side, to cross the bride from one side to the other. Strategically inserting these incisions in to the neglected fabric, this thesis utilizes the decayed urban texture to create a monument to the war and spaces of mediation. It contends that only once you acknowledge a wound can it be healed.


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