Architecture and the Literary Imagination: T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land Reinterpreted as Reading and Pedagogical Space
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"And I will show you something different from either / Your shadow at morning striding behind you / Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you" (The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot). How can architecture, together with poetic language, challenge approaches to education and learning in an efficient world? How can the realm of architecture and its typical methods of representation and design be tested? This thesis uses poetic and historical fragments to create a new reality of connection between people, place, and history; one that questions what a world beyond immediate information could be like, and instead encourages one to read and learn through imagining. It sets to prove the importance of language in both education and all of life. Existing buildings are transformed into meaningful space. The first, a library dedicated to unpublished work relating to T.S. Eliot in Boston, MA, a place known for its literary tradition. The other a living translation of the poem; pieces of a wasteland in abandoned space of Detroit, MI. Spaces echo and overlap between site and history. One is placed between the pages of a book to celebrate both the individual and collective; an atmosphere created by The Waste Land. Language, drawing, and model unite to challenge even the education of architecture.