The Bunker and Modernity
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Yet if Sherriff’s scene dramatized an end-point, the architecture used to articulate the metaphor proved more enduring. The buried and semi-buried bunker, bulwark since the early eighteenth century against increasingly sophisticated forms of ordnance, emerged in increasing number throughout the twentieth century and across a series of scales. From the household Anderson shelter to the vast infrastructural works of the Maginot and Siegfried lines, or the Atlantic Wall, its latest proliferation took place during in the nuclear shelters of the Cold War.
From these perspectives, the bunker is as emblematic of modernity as the department store, the great exhibition, the skyscraper or the machine-inspired domestic space. It represents the reverse of the preoccupations of early architectural modernism: a vast underground international style, cast in millions of tons of thick, reinforced concrete retaining walls, whose spatial relationship to the landscape above was mediated through the periscope, the loop-hole, the range finder and the strategic necessity to both resist and facilitate weapons systems. This talk discusses the bunker’s significance and, in doing so, excavates some of the relationships between the physical artefact, its implications and its enduring metaphorical and physical presence.
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jun 2016|
|Event||Conflict and the City (Heritage Council of Ireland) - Dublin, Dublin, Ireland|
Duration: 31 May 2016 → 01 Jun 2016
http://www.decadeofcentenaries.com/31-may-1-june-2016-conflict-and-the-city-conference-liberty-hall-dublin-2/ (Link to conference details online)
|Conference||Conflict and the City (Heritage Council of Ireland)|
|Period||31/05/2016 → 01/06/2016|