Crumbled shells of mosques in iraq the bombing of british cathedrals in world war ii the fall of the world trade center towers on september 11 when architectural totems such as these are destroyed by conflicts and the ravages of war more than mere buildings are at stake. Bevan wisely doesnt push his case to the point of strict consistence his weighting of the role of architecture in war is not absolutely uniform from case to case nor does it need to be . My book the destruction of memory architecture at war was first conceived in the wake of the bosnian war before the pair of sixth century buddhas in remote bamiyan were dynamited in march 2001 before anyone could imagine the toppling of the twin towers in new york later that same year. Robert bevan the destruction of memory architecture at war c2006 240 pages cloth 2995 isbn 1 86189 205 5 for information on purchasing the book from bookstores or here online please go to the webpage for the destruction of memory. A decimated shiite shrine in iraq the smoking world trade center site the scorched cityscape of 1945 dresden among the most indelible scars left by war is the destroyed landscapes and such architectural devastation damages far more than mere buildings
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