Azra Aksamija, William O’Brien, J. Meejin Yoon

Dinner with the In Laws: Traumatic Memorial

MIT Department of Architecture / Fall 2017 Lecture Series
Dinner with the In-Laws: Traumatic Memorial

Faculty: Azra Aksamija, William O’Brien, J. Meejin Yoon
Moderated by Huma Gupta, PhD, History Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art / Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture

In the face of catastrophes, historic traumas, and human injustices, the architect’s and the artist's roles become increasingly complex, problematic, and, necessary. Neither art nor architecture can compensate for public trauma or mass suffering. However, artistic and architectural practices can help establish a dialogical relation with those events and frame the process towards understanding. Through this Dinner with the In-laws, we hope to create the platform for an earnest discussion of the challenges and approaches regarding architecture and trauma through questions like: How do we memorialize events or moments in history that have a difficult legacy? As designers, how do we memorialize without traumatizing? How about designing for a trauma that is not one's own?

This lecture is organized by the Architecture Student Council (ASC).

Azra Aksamija, William O’Brien, J. Meejin Yoon