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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park : an architectural consignation

conference contribution
posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by K Roberts
Like many major urban developments designed by modernist architects. Kenzo Tange's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is considered by some to be founded upon tabula rasa- a blank site and/or architectural approach unconstrained by historic and aesthetic precedents. Tabula rasa is associated with a tendency to 'forget' or repress the past in order to opportunistically move on with the future. Constructed near 'ground zero' - on the site of just part of the established urban environment obliterated by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945- the tabula rasa here, however, is not achieved simply due to a conscious or critical urban design decision to move away from past urban forms and practices but through an unforseen trauma. This paper questions the application of an unqualified label of tabula rasa to Tange's Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Focusing on Tange's writing about the Peace Park - a 1954 article entitled "Hiroshima Plan 1946-1953" in particular - and reflecting on the repeated architectural returns of Kenzo Tange and Associates to the site, this paper raises Freud's "Mystic Writing Pad" as an alternative model. It argues for a more complex consideration of the memory-work of Tange's written practice and the light it may bring to a reconsideration of this foundational architectural project within his oeuvre.

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Event

Cultural Ecology. Symposium (2012 : Geelong, Victoria)

Pagination

66 - 73

Publisher

School of Architecture + Built Environment, Deakin University

Location

Geelong, Victoria

Place of publication

Geelong, Vic.

Start date

2012-10-23

End date

2012-10-24

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Editor/Contributor(s)

M Lozanovska

Title of proceedings

Cultural ecology : new approaches to culture, architecture and ecology

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