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Image of the City: Memorialization Processes in the Urban Space (the Case оf «Last Address»)

Student: Daria Smagina

Supervisor: Ivan Medvedev

Faculty: Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism

Educational Programme: Urban Development and Spatial Planning (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2018

The work discusses the memorable concept of the project "The Last Address" by Sergei Parkhomenko. In particular, an attempt is made to reflect the conceptual and practical consequences of the overall goal of the project for perpetuating individual victims of Stalinist repression by installing memorial plates on the facades of houses that have become the last lifetime addresses of millions of people. The first two sections are devoted to introductory remarks about the research of collective traumatic memory and the role of the memorial tablet in changing the image of the city. The third and main section discusses the spatial dimensions of this everyday perception and the policy of the "Last Address" project itself. From the theoretical point of view, it is asserted that the conceptual memorable landscape of the "Last Address" is semantically marked by the immanent concept of the boundary, which assumes a separation between the included living spaces and the excluded heterotopies of repression. Through a project related to the installation of memorial stones in the former places of residence of people, solemn reintegration is directed to the common residential and urban space. As a result of the analysis of four separate examples of Perception of the "Last Address", the work ends with a discussion of representative difficulties.

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