Shadow Of tragedy

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Virginia Tech

The architecture of tragedy is a complex and emotive topic that explores the ways in which design elements can be used to commemorate and remember significant events. This thesis aims to examine the role of architecture in the representation of tragedy, with a specific focus on how design elements such as light, shadow, materiality, and spatial arrangement can evoke emotions and tell a story. The thesis will begin by examining the historical context of architecture and tragedy, looking at examples from ancient civilizations to contemporary times. It will then move on to explore the ways in which tragedy has been represented in architecture, examining key design elements and their impact on the viewer. Case studies will illustrate how architecture has been used to commemorate tragedies such as the Holocaust, 9/11, and Fukushima disasters. The thesis will also explore the ethical implications of using architecture to represent tragedy, including questions about appropriateness, respect, and memory. It will examine the potential for architecture to create a sense of healing and closure for those affected by tragedy and the potential to be misused or exploited for political or commercia l gain. Ultimately, this thesis aims to comprehensively examine the relationship between architecture and tragedy, highlighting the importance of design elements in telling a story and commemorating significant events. It will explore the ways in which architecture can be used to create a sense of empathy and understanding while also acknowledging the complex ethical issues involved in representing tragedy through design.

Tragedy, History