Architecture Between 
Building and Destroying 
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Arhitektura med gradnjo in rušenjem identitete
Architecture Between Building and Destroying Identity

Author(s): Beatriz Tomšič Čerkez
Subject(s): Architecture
Published by: Fakulteta za arhitekturo, Univerza v Ljubljani
Keywords: identity; cultural identity; cultural cleansing,post-war reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Stolac

Summary/Abstract: Architecture is as alive and as dynamic as the person who creates it. It actually changes its meanings in accordance with changes in values in the society, or culture, in which it develops. The diversity of identities makes any society specific and individual, unique and irreplaceable. Architecture as a social product is in a similar situation. Communities draw their identity from memories of a common origin, which reinforces a sense of belonging and confidence. Traditions include the special attitude of peoples to their own histories and identities. Architecture can be a powerful symbolic means of asserting the presence of communities in a given area. Therefore, cultural cleansing is linked to processes of ethnic cleansing and genocide. This paper aims to open a debate on the links between identity and architecture as material culture and the meaning of specific extreme interventions in common space, to understand which of these connections has the key role. The discussion was prompted by the specific case of post-war reconstruction in the town of Stolac in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 23-30
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Slovenian