Edges or Limits: Architectural Ghosts in the Maze of Reconstruction

Author: Loughlin Kealy
DOI: https://doi.org/10.56500/CU377

Thinking about the reconstruction of damaged or destroyed inherited environments evokes an interweaving of concepts and contexts: in the context of recovery from catastrophic events, ideas about translations and continuities are played out in circumstances that can challenge understanding of and belief in the centrality of culture within human societies. The narrative about reconstruction spun over the past century or so needs no retelling: today the familiar debates continue through a period of valorisation, where, in a globalised process, different aspects of inheritance are accorded value and seen as goods to be transmitted for the future of a common humanity. One can argue that the parallel existence of the defined and the as-yet-indefinable poses questions that were not to the fore when the concepts were first articulated.