This conversation is the third of 6 conversations. The series will stage conversations around the different areas of the Waterloo Architecture curriculum with one broad ambition: “Questioning the canon: In a world of unprecedented possibilities and unforeseen brutalities, what can architectural education do?”
This particular conversation will consider the following sub-question: “With its legacy of confronting difficult questions, how can cultural history evolve to embrace the complex cultural narratives of our global world?”
A multidisciplinary look at the installation The Evidence Room, its historic context, and its significance in understanding the mechanisms behind the Holocaust.
Of the thesis entitled: PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Of the thesis entitled: POWER, ARCHITECTURE, TRANSITION: Creating a Safe Space for Victims of Domestic Violence
Of the thesis entitled: Motion with Moisture: Creating Passive Dynamic Envelope Systems Using the Hygroscopic Properties of Wood Veneer
An examination of the chilling role architecture played in constructing Auschwitz.
The Evidence Room is a powerful installation which reconstructs key objects used in the forensic analysis of the architecture of Auschwitz. Historian Robert Jan van Pelt introduced the objects as evidence in a court case to demonstrate that Auschwitz was purposefully designed as a death camp.