Crumbled shells of mosques in Iraq, the fall of the World Trade Center towers on 11 September 2009: when architectural totems such as these are destroyed by conflicts and the ravages of war, more than mere buildings are at stake. The Destruction of Memory reveals the extent to which a nation weds itself to its landscape; Robert Bevan argues that such destruction not only shatters a nation’s culture and morale but is also a deliberate act of eradicating a culture’s memory and, ultimately, existence.
About the Author
Robert Bevan is former editor of Building Design and writes on architectural, design and housing issues for national news-papers. He lives in London.
"The message of Robert Bevan's devastating book is that war is about killing cultures, identities and memories as much as it is about killing people and occupying territory. War is not just licensed murder but licensed vandalism. Since people are replaceable but buildings and cultures not, the destruction of buildings is often the more ferocious." --Simon Jenkins"The Sunday Times (UK)" (02/26/2005)
1. Introduction: The Enemies of Architecture and Memory
2. Cultural Cleansing: Who Remembers the Armenians?
3. Terror: Morale, Messages and Propaganda
4. Conquest and Revolution
5. Fences and Neighbours: The Destructive Consequences of Partition
6. Remember and Warn I: Rebuilding and Commemoration
7. Remember and Warn II: Protection and Prosecution