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Stone, SH., 2005.

On Building and Memory

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Continuity inArchitecture symposium was held on the 17th March 2015 in the Manchester School of Art Benzie Building Lecture Theatre. Entitled 'On Building and Memory' the symposium attempted to explore the concept of memory within our built environment and the different ways people engage with the preservation of ideas and events through architecture.This exploration of the theme of memory is entwined in the ethos of the atelier 'Remember, Reveal, Construct' and is encapsulated in the following quote from philosopher Umberto Eco:
"Remembering is like constructing and then travelling again through a space. We are already talking about architecture... Memories are built as a city is built. It could be said that architecture, from its beginning, has been one of the ways of fixing memories."
We aimed to invite a range of practitioners from different disciplines related to the built environment. Our final line up was:
Sally Stone - Academic
David Connor - Architect
Becky Sobell - Landscape Architect
Len Grant - Urban Photographer and Writer Kirsten Ryan - Heritage Consultant
Patrick Lynch - Architect
Stephen McCusker - Chair
The diversity provided by this group enabled a good variety in the talks and made for an interesting panel discussion to close out the day.