Filling the Void: A Path to National Healing and Reconciliation

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dc.contributor.advisor Manfredini, M en
dc.contributor.advisor Hoheisel, G en Mam, Pangnarith en 2017-07-18T03:25:00Z en 2016 en
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dc.description.abstract Conception of memorial architecture tends over indulge in literal metaphors in order to exhibit difficult ideas and themes in architectural built forms. Kengo Kuma writes, “memorials and monuments are often designed as objects.” In this way, they often lack of a sense of spacial and environmental experience which is shared by space and memory. To the observer, inhabiting such spaces may not allow them to fully realize or engage with the information presented to them, in other words, the spaces fail to instill a definitive dialogue with the past and the memory presented to the viewer is not fully communicated. Memory in its pure essence is spatial and it forms through the amalgamation of several factors which can only be experienced through the body. The most influential of these factors are; time and space. These two combinations allow the person to be part of the “experience”, in which the innate human senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste become vehicles for the creation of memory. I was born in Phnom Penh city, the capitol city of Cambodia in the early nineties. This was three years after the Vietnamese occupation ended in 1989 and one year after the 1991 Paris Comprehensive Peace Settlement which was an agreement signed between the United Nations, Cambodia and Vietnam. “The UN was given a mandate to enforce a ceasefire and deal with refugees and disarmament known as the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC).” Although the political upheavals and hardships faced by the people were not over, this marked the period of transition into relative peace and growth. I do not remember much about this time, only that out family lived in a humble stilt house outside the city and that it was dangerous to move about the country, especially to the western parts as these areas were still strongholds of the remaining Khmer Rouge forces. At that time I did not understand that our country was recovering from war and famine, I grew up in this surrounding and it became a norm that I did not notice anything strange about it. As a child I simply lacked the memory and experience of that time, and lacked the capacity to understand. en
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dc.title Filling the Void: A Path to National Healing and Reconciliation en
dc.type Thesis en Architecture en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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