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Conflict of Interest

Assessed Lecture 2013

Vibecke Yrstad

on 7 April 2014

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Conflict of Interest
Preserving or Demolishing the Government Building in Oslo
Vibecke Yrstad
Conflict of Interest
Research Method
Discourse analysis
Further research
Thank you for your attention
Is there another building that can be said to state a better example of modernist architecture?
Should we preserve a monument of terror?
The High-rise
July 22nd
Conflict of interest
Research method
Literature review
Further research
"First representative of
modernist architecture in Norway"
"Artistic value
with the facade
by Carl Nesjar
and Picasso"
"A symbol of power"
Dissonance in Heritage
Memory and Identity
People and groups will adopt different
interpretations of the past,
as well as attach different values
and meanings to archaeological remains,
monuments and sites.
Tunbridge, J. E. and Ashworth, G. J. (1996). Dissonant heritage: the management of the past as a resource in conflict. John Wiley &Sons Ltd, Chichester, England.
Young, J. E. (1993). The Texture of Memory. Holocaust, Memorials and Meaning. Yale University Press, New Heaven and London.
Logan, W. and Reeves K. (2009). Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with ‘Difficult Heritage’. Routledge, London.
Benton, T. (2010). Understanding Heritage and Memory. Understanding Global Heritage. Manchester University Press & The Open University.
Jørgensen, M. and Phillips, L. J. (2002). Discourse Analysis: as Theory and Method. Sage Publications Ltd.
Anheier, H., & Isar, J. R. (edt.) (2011). Heritage, memory and identity.
The Cultures And Globalization Series. SAGE Publications Ltd, London.
Maliks, L. (2012). “Å drøfte vernepolitikk: tilfellet regjeringskvartalet” from Fortidsvern, V. 37 (2012) no.4. Oslo
Feldman, J. D. (2003) “One Tragedy in Reference to Another: September 11 and the Obligations of Museum Commemoration”, in American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 105, NO. 4, Special Issue: Language Politics and Practices (Dec., 2003), pp. 839-843.
Fenz, W. and Kecht, M.-R. (1989). “The Monument is Invisible, the Sign Visible” in October, Vol. 48 (Spring, 1989), pp. 75-78. The MIT Press.
Ethical Considerations
Recognised as a building of historical & cultural value
Protection Plan for the entirety of the area
Decision Postponed til Autumn 2013
The commissioner and the architect
The Government
Cultural Heritage Organisations
Smith, L. (2006). Uses of Heritage, Routledge: London and New York.
Dissonance is a term often associated with music theory where two tones do not blend into one another harmonically; rather they create a certain tension
(Turnbridge & Ashworth, 1996: 20)
Heritage that hurts
The power of collective memory can be said to define heritage, as heritage turns out to be what people remember as significant (Benton, 2010: 1-2).
Authorised Heritage Discourse
Power relations
Social change
Language patterns
Photo: Nettavisen.no/Dag A. Ivarsøy
Photo: Dagbladet.no/Jacques Hvistendahl
Photo: blogg.regjeringen.no/Statsbygg
Photo: Statsbygg.no/Statsbygg
Photo: Kulturminnesok.no/unknown
Photo: Vibecke Yrstad
The High-rise
Y- building
Grubbegata 1
M- 17
Ground Zero Memorial Gardens
Memory and identity at sacred sites
- visitors expect respectful interpretations and a sense of serenity.
Photo: Flickr.com/Huw Long
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