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Title: Architectural projects and contextual issues in the 21st century : the Valletta City Gate scenario
Authors: Cassar, Robert (2009)
Keywords: Architecture -- Malta -- Valletta
City planning -- Malta -- Valletta
Valletta (Malta)
Historic buildings -- Malta -- Valletta
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Cassar, R. (2009). Architectural projects and contextual issues in the 21st century : the Valletta City Gate scenario (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: The context of a place, one may say, is its holistic being. Any place or built environment, urban or rural, came to be what it is today as a result of its passage through time; as a result of its history. The context of a place should therefore be concerned with everything and everyone directly or indirectly related to the place; the importance of each one of these affecting factors being graded by means of an inside-out perspective. This means that the greatest importance should always be given to both the physical and the emotional factors, closest to the place. This is definitely due to the fact that utopic situations and solutions to dilemmas do not actually exist in real life, ever! Hence there is always the need for prioritisation. It is now fair to say that architecture and context of place affect one another greatly; the author taking architecture as being the most significant art and physical element that shapes our built environments, the places in which we live. Every place; every physical place; is made up of the architecture produced in that place, taking God as being the architect of the natural un-built environment. This means that all man-made built environments have, over the years, each created a specific character over and above their natural one. This character is concerned with a vast number of historical, cultural, social, political, geographical, physical, aesthetical and architectural issues in general, amongst others. The holistic character of a place may therefore be considered as its context. This dissertation attempts to attain an understanding about the importance of contextual thought when producing architecture in historic environs in the 21st century. In order to achieve sufficient results on this subjective matter a case study of the highly controversial past and current affair of the regeneration of the entrance to Malta's capital city, Valletta, is carried out in this dissertation. It is important to note that this dissertation is influenced by the notion that all historic and heritage assets have both an economic and a non-economic value; with all such assets varying in value from one another. Essentially, this dissertation deals with the attempt to expose the contextual issues, bringing to the fore some suggestive yet subjective theory and philosophy in order to draw some guidance in producing architecture derived from its context, to achieve the best possible architecture in the 21st century; historic environments being the most sensitive of all environments in doing so.
Description: B.E.&A.(HONS)
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