Going back to ruins to rediscover our Gods

  • Annalucia D'Erchia Polytechnic of Milano
Keywords: archaeology, collective memory, open sites

Abstract

A renewed sensibility toward the ancient, in a search for knowledge and a greater awareness of our roots, has over the last 30 years led to an exponential increase in debate about the future of the past. A past which is perceived as a genesis, a layering of present and future pasts, inseparable from one another. Going back to the ruins is a reflection on the regenerative potential a contemporary intervention could have on the ancient: the strategy is one of promotion, musealization and communication. One possible interpretation is opening up sites to the public. This process, as well as being necessary to resolve the urban problem of re-joining and creating continuity between different parts of the city, is also necessary for us to rediscover our gods, our identity.

Author Biography

Annalucia D'Erchia, Polytechnic of Milano

PhD Student at the Department of Architecture, Built environmental and Construction engineering (ABC), she is the tutor of the "Ancient and New" Architectural Design Workshop at the Casa del Mantegna in the framework of "MantovArchitettura".
E-mail: annalucia.derchia@polimi.it

 

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Published
2017-06-30
How to Cite
D’Erchia, A. (2017) “Going back to ruins to rediscover our Gods”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 1(online), pp. 15-20. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/132017.
Section
Architecture | Essays & Viewpoint
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