MEMORIES CREATE IDENTITIES.
During the week 9 lecture, Mirko introduced the notion that memories of a place influence and shape the identity of that space. I found this to be interesting and very easy to relate to as it is something that most, if not all of us have experienced before.
The personal values, ideas and beliefs that people a dear to are expressed in various architectural forms around the world. These include monuments, memorials, public squares and parks and the manner in which these elements of the city relate to the broader urban fabric. On a smaller scale and more personal level, spaces which we inhabit and visit frequently hold memories and as a result, identities to us. Spaces such as our childhood homes, schools, workplaces or favourite getaways are all perceived in a specific light because of the memories we have of these places.
Mirko also stated that history, memories and architecture all have a unique relationship with one another. I found this to be another point that was easy to relate to and is clearly visible around the world. The history of a city can be seen through its architectural forms. Architecture is a way to express history and time and is the “physical expression of the highest human thoughts”, as Walter Gropius once said.
The aesthetics of an city are also closely linked to its identity and the manner in which it is perceived. Mirko used the city of Tirama, in Albania as an example of this. Tirama was in need of redevelopment however, lacking the necessary funds, it was decided that the best way forward was to repaint the whole town. This created a vibrant and eye catching environment, however, living conditions were not improved at all. This is an example of how the identity of a place may change to outsiders, however, to those who inhabit the city, it is still very much the same.