Journal article

Designing for Difficult Memories: Commemorating Australian POW Histories of Malaysia and Singapore

Anoma Pieris

Architectural Theory Review | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2013


This paper examines the theoretical and historic background, and the pedagogical aims and outcomes, of an experimental design studio aimed at bridging two gaps in the Australian architectural curriculum: between history and design, and between Australia and its Asian region. The design studio, "Museum of Difficult Memories", drew on ideas of the contained artefact, traumatic memory, and the re-imagining of the museum program to challenge the orthodox politics of museum and memorial design in the twenty-first century. The representation of singular ideologies through monumental or museum architecture was countered by commemoration through cultural bricolage. The studio aimed to challenge a fa..

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