Ashley Bigham

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Cultural Fortress

Cultural fortress book

Cultural Fortress

Cultural fortress book

Cultural Fortress

2014

Fulbright Fellowship

As a cultural artifact and architectural typology, the fortress embodies more than the physical aspects of strength, stability, and security; it is a symbol of cultural history. The historic motivations behind the construction of fortresses are often more significant than the structures themselves. These enduring structures stand across Ukraine today in the form of castles, monasteries, city walls, and cathedrals. The fortress of the past was a place for gathering, securing the safety of the citizen both physically and emotionally. If this typology is no longer needed in its original state, what is the new cultural fortress of Ukraine? Considering the recent independence in 1991, this project is a focused study of Ukrainian fortresses and their contemporary uses as they relate to Ukrainian cultural identity.


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