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Great Northern Warehouse
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis project is a study of a complex of historic, railway-goods warehouses in Nottingham (UK) that were internally destroyed by a fire two decades ago. The site has has become an erstwhile symbol of the city, a stark reminder of both a past age of prosperity and the century of post-industrial decline that ultimately followed.Now facing the threat of demolition, it is questioned whether it is possible to rescue the intrinsic potential of these ruins to radically transport us beyond the experience of the everyday city, to a unique and inhabitable space of transition between past and present.

This thesis also examins the changing role of the library in the 21st century and the future for this public institution as a vestibule for the transmission of local culture and history. This leads to the central question of the thesis project; is it possible - through the appropriate treatment of an industrial ruin - to begin a process of reconciliation with the past, one that can provide some kind closure to the cognitive dissidence caused by language and tone of this kind of architectural heritage and the limited prospects that city like Nottingham faces today.

Abstract [sv]

Detta examensarbete är en undersökning av ett komplex av historiska, järnvägsgodslager i Nottingham (Storbritannien) som internt förstördes av en brand två decennier sedan. Webbplatsen har blivit en dåvarande symbol för staden, en skarp påminnelse om både en tidigare ålder av välstånd och århundrade postindustriella nedgång som slutligen followed.Now inför hotet om rivning, är det ifrågasättas om det är möjligt att rädda inneboende potentialen hos dessa ruiner att radikalt transportera oss bortom upplevelsen av vardagliga staden, till en unik och beboelig utrymme för övergång mellan dåtid och nutid.

Avhandlingen examins också förändrade roll biblioteket i det 21 century.This leder till den centrala frågan om examensarbetet; är det möjligt - genom lämplig behandling av en industriell ruin - att inleda en försoningsprocess med det förflutna, en som kan ge någon form stängning till den kognitiva oliktänkande på grund av språket och tonen i den här typen av arkitektoniska arvet och de begränsade möjligheterna att stad som Nottingham står inför i dag.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 8 p.
Keyword [en]
Nottingham, Library, Modern Ruin, Warehouse
National Category
Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-169109OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-169109DiVA: diva2:820010
Subject / course
Architecture
Educational program
Master of Science - Architecture
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Available from: 2015-09-30 Created: 2015-06-11 Last updated: 2015-09-30Bibliographically approved

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