Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture



Major Professor

George Dodds

Committee Members

Barbara Heath, Scott Wall


How can architecture relate to sites of tragedy and loss by serving as an artifact disinterred, reminding a society of an important and forgotten event in its cultural history? I use rhetoric to understand the meaning of sites as they respond to a specific tragic moment. The site's physical objects and narratives influence the formation of the architecture in this thesis. I am interested in the rhetorical implications of the scene setting in post-modern plays, which open an interaction between actors and audience. This interaction functions through an abstract method of visualization, one we can use as architects to understand a site. Architects can use this methodology in the design process to provide opportunities for people to participate with the continuation and evolution of the site's narratives of tragedy and memory.

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