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Academic design concept: can architecture be the interface between archeologically found knowledge and general public
I am trying to design an archaeological repository in an urban context of Sri Lanka as an interactive interface between general public and archaeological knowledge/ findings for my final year comprehensive design project in the architecture school.

Hypothesis in approach-knowing past and indigenous knowledge is a way to create new knowledge by interaction among archaeology, general public and professionals through architectural solution in a society nourished by very structured education system focused on several professions. I'm little confused here connecting these ideas to generate an urban architectural solution and it's highly appreciated if anyone can give me a clue to refine the concept and an architectural approach.
Chathura Pathirana
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Academic design concept: can architecture be the interface between archeologically found knowledge and general public
Chathura, to answer your Topic heading: Yes. Archaeology is a relatively new discipline, but on the other hand, "what was left behind by the ancients" has been around since the dawn of humanity, because people could both see (and imitate) and rob (and reuse) building materials and designs from "what the ancients left behind".

Today, we have mass literary and mass communications, but with a humanity who appears to be increasingly uninterested with the past and who then fall into the elephant trap of "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

for myself a classic and almost unparalleled museum of architecture is the Sir John Soane museum in central London which not only showcases literally `wall to wall` examples of architectural detail, but the design of the museum itself is architecture at its best. I should mention that this Museum is three row town houses developed together to make the home, studio and archive of Sir John Soane which he designed and built over a period of eighteen years.
Frank John Snelling
Academic design concept: can architecture be the interface between archeologically found knowledge and general public
Dear Frank, thanks a lot for the comment and the information, i'll immediately browse for the Sir John Soane museum in central London.
Chathura Pathirana
Academic design concept: can architecture be the interface between archeologically found knowledge and general public
........but with a humanity who appears to be increasingly uninterested with the past and who then fall into the elephant trap of "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

In both local and international contexts most of the factual history proven upon evident is mostly neglected by the "authorized memories" (eg: Sri Lanka has been civilized by a Indo Europian king called Vijeya before 2000 years-contrary to the evidences of civilization found before 125,000 BP) implemented by colonialism, present political practices or folk myths. Mostly these memories are implemented in to the society for practice nationalism, keep political strongholds and for the marketing face of popular politics. therefore the public knowledge on present and past should grow against the growth of the political powers,otherwise the history and its real lessons will never be interpreted as it should be. therefore i decided to address this issue and create a repository where people can see the evidences of the past, question the memories that implemented in to the society and create new discussions to overcome the over-control of knowledge by the political forces. I hope to use present day art forms and (may be in the popular culture)let them inspired by the history to get attention of the public and their active involvement to form new discussions.
I really appreciate your kind responses for my approach and suggestions for functions of the scheme.
Chathura Pathirana
Academic design concept: can architecture be the interface between archeologically found knowledge and general public
Chathura, your latest post reminds me of the Victorian proverb "Knowledge is power" which was used as the purpose of free libraries for the public.

But, today, one could say "the withholding of knowledge is power" is now much more in evidence, because bureaucrats (and anyone who gets a happy feeling from saying "No" is a bureaucrat), either avoid answering questions or flatly refuse to answer questions.
Frank John Snelling
Academic design concept: can architecture be the interface between archeologically found knowledge and general public
Regarding modern communications, one could almost say "The faster the mode of communication, the less time spent on thought before communicating."
Frank John Snelling
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