bullet hole constellations: berlin’s neues museum, a case study in cultural memory

Berlin’s Neues Museum is one of the most moving and enigmatic cultural institutions I have encountered in my life of visiting cultural institutions. Originally built in the mid-19th century by Stüler, student to Berlin’s original starchitect Schinkel, the Neues Museum housed the Ancient/Pre-history and Egyptian Collections and offered a grand narrative of human history from the Tower of Babel till…

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architectures of reconciliation

Architecture is one expression of the Promethean impulse: fire builds, fire burns, fire re-builds. It is the re-building that is relevant here. While questions about authenticity, aesthetics, and symbolic nation-building accompany every project attempting to contend with detritus, the specific questions guiding this project are:  Are there architectures that permit reconciliation to be experienced as…

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Ottawa Projects

Though I initially returned to Canada to conduct a cross-country study of major museums, I quickly realized the untenability of conducting a critical project aimed at assembling a national narrative – even one that uses pluralism as its organizing principle. This year has been one of great transisition and soul re-orientation for me. While I…

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