Between "during" and "after" - A theory of demolition, architecture and reinvention of the city

Nicholas Kletnieks

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Demolition has been employed as a tool for urban renewal, for the erasure of unwanted pasts and to facilitate the return of older pasts. The significance of demolition does not reside solely with the end result of a removed building. The undoing during demolition affects spatial orientation, memory and cognition. Demolition is analysed as a form of the phenomenon of oblivion where decisions to demolish are dependent on the position taken on the relationship of the present with the past and the future, leading to new possibilities for refining the use of demolition in the reinvention of cities.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Taylor, William M, Supervisor
  • Westbrook, Nigel, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date5 May 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 08/05/2020 to 06/05/2022. Made publicly available on 06/05/2022.


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