Thesis Defence: Mariah Palantzas

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

The Viennese Ethos: Delineating the Role of the Ringstrasse Today

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A touch off true North from Vienna’s core, a grand boulevard begins to parade counterclockwise from the Donaukanal, around the Historic City Center until it meets the water once more. Over 160 years after its inauguration, the Ringstrasse, holding seats of government, upscale housing typologies, cultural buildings, urban parks, an imperial forum, and establishments of higher education, continues to effectively serve modernday Vienna. While there is historic documentation regarding the initial construction and significance of the boulevard, its present importance within the city - apart from its allure as a tourist haven - seems to be overlooked in quotidian life and recent research. This thesis seeks to investigate the current pertinent role of the Ringstrasse as a practical asset but also as a unique preservation of time in the city’s center that is juxtaposed by modern living. By use of analytical mapping, photography, and investigative drawing, the Ring is scrutinized through its openings and edges, contrasting typologies, and the constant process of centralization and decentralization formed by its infrastructures and networks. One must not fail to remember that Vienna’s power and high stature as an Imperial city entering the 20th century was accelerated by and continues to rely upon the unwavering foundation of the Ringstrasse. 

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor: Rick Haldenby
Reader: John McMinn
Internal-external committee member: Val Rynnimeri
External committee member: Peter Leeb 

The defence examination will take place: 
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 10:00am
Teams link available via the graduate student Learn page or by request.

The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.