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The Irreversible Transition: Exploiting the unrealised potentials of The Present Condition in the form of an Event

Part 1 Dissertation 2015
Lucy Rymer
Leeds Beckett University Leeds UK
Architecture and society are inextricably linked. Their relationship is as equally conflicting as it is harmonious, yet its monumental importance has remained unchanged. Likewise, death and society are inextricably linked. Their relationship is as equally conflicting as it is harmonious, yet its monumental importance has remained unchanged.

This dissertation explores the potentials of these relationships and thus discovers the possibility of an Architecture that is an amalgamation of all three entities: Architecture, Death and Society. It my contention that these relationships should not merely be accepted as inextricably linked, but instead utilised as a tool for social change. Is it Architecture that defines society or society that defines Architecture?

These extracted potentials will be incorporated to form an Event through the use of Tschumi’s theories in Architecture and Dysjunction (1998) which have been adopted as provocative tests in an effort to both stimulate and restrict the relationships and thus, gain a better insight into their importance within society.

The results of these explorations are rather unexpected and raise questions of what role physical Architecture has in the 21st Century and if it will be able to retain its relationship to a society that is constantly moving towards more virtual means?

Lucy Rymer

Tutor(s)
Doreen Bernath
2015
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