College of Environmental Design alumna Anita Bakshi (M.Arch '01) has published a book, titled Topographies of Memories: A New Poetics of Commemoration (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017). The book seeks to find the intersection between architecture and the study of space in terms of memory, history, heritage, and conflict.
Topographies of Memories poses new approaches in developing memorial and heritage sites that create a deeper sense of understanding of the effects of conflict on memories in a space. The book also explores the formation of urban identities and constructed images of the city.
In the first segment of the book, Bakshi focuses on memory dynamics. This is followed by a case study of Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus. The book concludes by discussing physical and material world interventions.
This book serves to bridge theoretical explorations of memory with practical strategies for designers and practitioners.
“At a moment when global citizenship and mutuality in place is increasingly threatened by nationalist, ethnicist backlashes against immigration and integration, Bakshi’s voice is a uniquely critical as well as hopeful one,” said Amy Mills, author of Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance and National Identity in Istanbul, 2010.
Bakshi is an instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her research focuses on questions of mapping and representation for contested environments and explores new forms for monuments, memorials, and other commemorative structures. Bakshi has studied the relationship between place and memory in divided cities with the Conflict in Cities Research Programme at Cambridge University and exhibited original maps and drawings documenting her ethnographic research in partnership with the United Nations Development Program.
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