The debasing of myth: the privitization of Titanic memory in designing the 'post conflict' city

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Abstract

This article argues that the newly relaunched ‘Belfast Titanic story’ puts too much emphasis on extravagant claims for the real ship Titanic and thereby overly commercializes design and other public space issues in Belfast such that the Titanic of representation and its profound mythic status in western culture is debased. This reality in a ‘post-conflict’ city, where an ethnic war of attrition between competing identity claims forecloses mature cultural dialogue, is regretted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-86
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Volume16
Issue number1
Early online date8 Dec 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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