The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.

Collective Memory Under Siege: The Case of ‘Heritage Terrorism’

Collective Memory Under Siege: The Case of ‘Heritage Terrorism’

Collective memory under siege: The case of ‘heritage terrorism’
M. ChristineBoyer

Since memory is actually a very important factor in struggle … if one controls people's memory, one controls their dynamism. And one also controls their experience, their knowledge of previous struggles (Foucault 1989, 89–106)1

Since architectural collective memory is literally carved or erected in stone, and thus tangible, monolithic, recognizable and permanent, it has been called the archetypal collective memory (Olick 2007, 89). If collective memory is under siege in the twenty-first century, as will be argued here, what then does architectural collective memory actually signify? What fundamental assumptions about history, memory, identity and the nation underlie architectural practice when it ventures into the process of memorialization or ...

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