Track 1: Decline vs. Revival: Tempering the Impulse to Tear Down and Start Over
3 - Ruin-ophilia: Preserving Cultural Narratives of a Lighthouse through Controlled Ruination
Tuesday, September 25
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: BNCC- 101AH
Once vital aspects of safer navigation routes and icons of industrial development, the Imperial Towers of Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay dominated over the Bruce Peninsula coastal landscape for almost two centuries. Their contribution to the development of their respective regions rendered them cultural landmarks and embedded them in the larger cultural narratives of their locales. However, advancements in technologies, like many other engineering works, led these structures to become obsolete. Among these is the Nottawasaga Island Lighthouse, now with all alternative use options exhausted, awaiting its end. Taking this iconic lighthouse, as a case study, this paper/presentation explores the potential to turn the ruination process into an architectural experience. Is it possible to transmit the larger cultural narratives through “controlled ruination”, while the man-made melts into nature?
- Upon completion, participant will be able to define the term controlled ruination and how it is applied in the field of heritage conservation.
- Upon completion, participants will be familiar with methods of creative appropriation.
- Upon completion, participant will be able define intangible heritage, and list new ways to transmit cultural narratives.
- Upon completion, participants will continue the discussion from Robert Silman's paper "Is preservation technology neutral?". Just because we can preserve every building, does it mean we should?