Describing Architecture

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Golf Five Zero / James Martin



Revising Histories [Building Truth]

500mm X 500mm X 2000mm (Open) / 500mm (Closed)

This project has been a search for truth and a discovery of multiple. Sited in South Armagh, it addresses the complex and layered history of a thirty-year-long conflict referred to today as ‘The Troubles’. The project explores the typology of the British Army Watchtowers built on the hilltops and in the villages of this boarder region. In gradients of truth, this project proposes to rebuild these structures.

A sequence of five is established as an iterative exploration of the nature of the original watchtower and its role in and over the landscape of South Armagh. As a group, the towers become manifestations of the different sources of truth, reflecting the differences in collective memory. By taking this multi-perspectival approach, the project encourages an acknowledgement of this history’s multiple sides. It offers a reading of how architecture’s role within this landscape of conflicts might be turned to act as a reconciler of the differences in collective memory, rather than a provoker of those differences.