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Perpetuating Monument: History, Society and Future Change

Part 2 Dissertation 2011
Emma Robinson
University of Tasmania Tasmania Australia
In this research I explore the notion of the ‘perpetuating monument’ as a speculative field of enquiry; concerning history, society and future change. The aim of the research is the establishment of an objective theoretical location, from which to engage with a hypothetical architectural design project.

The scope and intent of this thesis, informed by prior research within a corresponding field, determined five key sections: site, ‘pathological monument’, ‘perpetuating monument’, social cycle, and new condition. These address the field of enquiry through the application of theory to an exemplar, Hunter Street, Hobart; the conclusions of which are speculative and not intended to be considered as solutions.

The speculations denote the ‘perpetuating monument’ as a structure within the urban environment aggrandised through metaphorical connotation. The perpetuating image of the structure, maintained through secondary inhabitation, establishes a devolutionary social condition dictated by the ‘perpetuating monument’. The proposition of strategies for mediating contemporary architecture within the context of a ‘perpetuating monument’ identifies an architectural condition of analogy through contrast, which aims to contest historicity through complementary form representing a perceived commonality in architectural evolution. This speculation forms the foundation from which to consider a hypothetical design project, a collaborative film school, located adjacent to the existing University of Tasmania Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street, Hobart.

Emma Robinson

Catriona McLeod
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