Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park : an architectural consignation

Roberts, Kim 2013, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park : an architectural consignation, in Cultural ecology : new approaches to culture, architecture and ecology, School of Architecture + Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic., pp. 66-73.

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Title Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park : an architectural consignation
Author(s) Roberts, Kim
Conference name Cultural Ecology. Symposium (2012 : Geelong, Victoria)
Conference location Geelong, Victoria
Conference dates 23-24 Oct. 2012
Title of proceedings Cultural ecology : new approaches to culture, architecture and ecology
Editor(s) Lozanovska, MirjanaORCID iD for Lozanovska, Mirjana orcid.org/0000-0003-3342-5681
Publication date 2013
Conference series Cultural Ecology Symposium
Start page 66
End page 73
Total pages 8
Publisher School of Architecture + Built Environment, Deakin University
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Keyword(s) Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima master plan
Kenzo Tange
architectural writing
tabula rasa
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053599

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