A Contemporary approach to memorial design in the light of collective memory theory: guidelines for Ankara Train station square

Kesici, Deniz
In Turkey, the recent social events and manifestations, and especially the deadly terrorist attacks have given rise to a search for alternative means of conceptualizing collective memory and the role of memorials that are meant to keep collective memories alive. As all groups of individuals have their own memories, there is a need for a new understanding in the design of memorials in order to sustain collective memories of different social groups. In this study, following the theoretical framework, a number of examples of memorial design are analyzed and critically evaluated. And finally, as a case study, Ankara Train Station as the site of a future memorial is studied based on findings from theoretical framework and the examples. This research focuses on memorials by looking at them from the point of social and spatial practices as part of the dynamics of collective memory. In this regard, it is intended to generate a basis for memorial design that supports collective memory by putting forward a relational dialogue between everyday practices and the built environment.  


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D. Kesici, “A Contemporary approach to memorial design in the light of collective memory theory: guidelines for Ankara Train station square,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2017.