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Inspiration as an Aspect of Monumentality: The Salk Institute

How does an architect design the sacred?  How does one represent inspiration in form? How does one prepare a place for enlightenment to occur? Graduate Researcher Evander Price explores how Louis Kahn answered these questions with his design of the Salk Institute in San Diego—a secular, sacred space in which he manifested metaphors of inspiration in monumentality.

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Collapsing the Distance

The Crossbones Graveyard is a paupers’ gravesite located in South London. Prior to the 1990s, this burial site was unmarked and those buried here largely forgotten. Since its rediscovery, the local community has rallied together to honor those buried there. How can this site give insight to the individual narrative in monuments and memorials and how we choose to remember those that have passed?

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The Silent Sam Syllabus: A Module for Teaching Confederate Monumentality

The “Silent Sam Syllabus,” designed by Graduate Student Researcher Evander Price (American History at Harvard), is intended to teach Confederate monumentality by examining the events at UNC Chapel Hill. This syllabus will continue to evolve as events and history unfold. We encourage readers to submit their own suggestions, ideas, etc. with the intent of improving the syllabus.

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Eternal Glory to the People’s Heroes! On Beijing’s Monument to the People’s Heroes

Next year, 2019, will mark an ignominious anniversary in China. Thirty years will have passed since the violent crackdown of student protesters on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Co-Curator Ken Lum examines the most important aesthetic edifice relating to the events of Tiananmen Square: the Monument to the People’s Heroes, often overlooked by non-Chinese viewers despite its centrality to the events of 1989.

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Persistent Coloniality: Toronto’s Equestrian Statue of Edward VII

The story of Edward VII’s statue is also a story of the divides within the British Empire itself. While the statue may seem to represent a benign part of a picture-perfect scene in Toronto’s most important historical park, it is vital to look in the shadows of this statue and think about all that lies beneath. Edward VII’s equestrian statue tramples the ground on which it stands in the center of Queen’s Park.

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