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Historic Artefact and the Lived City. Reinvigorating Dubrovnik Old Town

Part 2 Project 2019
Tringa Kelmendi
Alice Pulley-Dumonde
Rachel Sylvia James
University of Liverpool UK
This thesis is concerned with the methods of presenting UNESCO’s conditions of authenticity, understanding the nature of urban artefacts as products of spatial ordering and morphological changes and intervening within selected urban artefacts. Dubrovnik Old Town has been selected as the site for this project due its prominence as a city that promotes a material and visual focussed response to reconstruction and recent restoration, unprecedented, over tourism and disharmony of the planned (buildings and the space in-between) and lived (networks of human activity) city that has brought the notion of authenticity in to dialogue.

This thesis is underpinned by Aldo Rossi’s notion of an urban artefact as a complex entity developed over space and time, with its historical richness and persisting certain original values which contribute to the uniqueness and value of these primary elements that act as fixed points in the urban dynamics of a city. This project demonstrates that authenticity can be redefined by moving away from relying on visual and material focussed representations of urban artefacts into a spatial experience. These new spatial encounters comment on the deeper levels of historical, social and cultural significances of a place and bring the planned and lived city into dialogue.

Tringa Kelmendi
Alice Pulley-Dumonde
Rachel Sylvia James

Tutor(s)
Dr Soumyen Bandyopadhyay
2019
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