naval fortifications, forts, military, obsolete architecture, abandoned
This thesis project focuses specifically on naval fortifications, which are a particularly unique example of obsolete architecture. Ironically, the naval fort is defined as being not only a military stronghold but also something that is insusceptible to outside influence. Today, most forts are considered defunct or abandoned and are recognized as historical artifacts, such as Fort Gorges and Fort Scammel located in Maine’s Portland Harbor. An artifact, by definition, is something that is deemed to by culturally relevant. As such, the artifact should be seen as something that continually contributes to contemporary culture and its surrounding context, both of which the two aforementioned forts fall short of accomplishing.
Goodridge, Garrett, "Obsolete Architecture: Revitalization Along a Spectrum of Utility" (2015). Architecture Senior Theses. 285.
Syracuse School of Architecture 2015
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