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  • About
  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Conversation : Recreating Space in Post-Traumatic Topia

Kousgaard Hansen, Christina January 2013 (has links)
The 11th of march 2011, at 14.16 the north east of Japan was hit by a 9.0-magni- tude earthquake, tsunami and by a nuclear accident at the power plant, Fukush- ima Daiichi due to the excessive water masses on land caused by the tsunami. The disaster left a large amount of land in a apocalyptic state – ruins, chaos, a population in grief and large areas flooded. Today, two years after the catastrophe, most of the debris have been cleaned up, leaving an empty landscape, and a society in a deep financial crises due to the cost of handling the debris, reconstruction of infrastructure and buildings and loss of efficiency for the industries. Most of the cities hit, was located in the rural parts of the japanese society, already experiencing a decrease in popula- tion and suffering from a declining fish industry. The society now have to face unemployment, an old generation, a sunken ground level (due to the earthquake the land have changed), reconstruction and a large amount of the population living in temporary housing. The areas that used to be residential areas now have become ‘danger zones’ meaning that they can not any longer be used for residential housing, but instead will be made mainly into park areas and some industry. The remaining population in these areas have their life written into these places and remaining foundations, some wish to rebuild where they used to live while others are afraid of new disasters so they choose a site on higher ground. Most of the affected habitants is waiting for the city government to make decisions, where they are going to live and which house, (if any), that will be built to them, since they are not in a financially situation where they can rebuilt themselves. The ruins are therefor loaded with different memories and stories, but often this is forgotten in order to create a ‘safe’ and functional future. This thesis ask the question if we should just move on, forgetting the past, and build new or if there is a way where we can be futuristic without forgetting the quali- ties from the past? This work will be focused on the city of Ishinomaki as case study of a topia in an apocalyptic state and on how fragments of a space can be reconstructed through the notion of memory. Walking around in the devastated areas among the ruins, in which nature have started to take over the concrete, one notice a red spray-painted number on the visible remains of the disaster. Spraycanned with a number, checked by scientist, marked after the number that people stood in line at the cityhall in order to turn their house in for demolition, in other cases the people do not longer exist and the city govern- ment have taken over the place. The ruins is visible remains of the past, both as in what life was before and what happened. They becomes a symbolic display of different layers of time. The remains contain a symbolic presence of a paused time, temporality and memory. In the ‘ruins’ of these houses lays the history and stories of the life that was. Fragments of beings. The non-beings showing the beings. Personal belongings and traces of the life that was, remains in the ruins. It offer glimpses of daily life and daily reality of the life that was before disaster. A cup, a bike, videotapes, books, clothes, shoes, a table. In the aftermath of the apocalypso the city have become a topia where the past is the event that happened and the future is seen in construction and volunteers walk- ing the streets and lands of the city. A city where the past is present in the visible remains of the event and a future that is awaiting. The presence becomes a paused time, a non time, on its way to something else. Ruins created by natural disasters is an unwanted topia, but it is also a forced physical spatiality that can become a new beginning and bring new uses for ar- chitecture. What happens when the physical frame is gone and the only thing left is a mental frame consisting of the memory of what was moreover, how can that be used to create new forms of architecture? This thesis is about a method, a journey into the aftermath of a catastrophe and a reflection about, how we as architects can change the conditions of a state through simple means.

Presidential reconstruction in South Carolina

Gebelein, Mary Ann. January 1965 (has links)
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1965. / eContent provider-neutral record in process. Description based on print version record. Bibliography: l. [168]-173.

Carpetbaggers and scalawags in Reconstruction fiction

Warmbrodt, Carole Sue, January 1968 (has links)
Thesis (M.A.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1968. / eContent provider-neutral record in process. Description based on print version record. Includes bibliographical references.

Evaluation of the optical laser scanning system for facial identification

Gonzalez-Figueroa, America January 1996 (has links)
No description available.

Untapped Air Force resources for stabilization and reconstruction operations

Fischer, William D. 06 1900 (has links)
This thesis reviews the potential contributions of the United States Air Force to stabilization and reconstruction operations. Specifically, the Air Force's On-Scene Commanders Course and Air Force Mission Support Group Commanders are assessed as potential Air Force assets that could be employed in stabilization and reconstruction operations. This research will determine the course's ability to satisfy key needs identified in the post-conflict literature and if the course would be useful for other U.S. agencies with responsibilities in post-conflict operations. Finally, this paper asks if Mission Support Group Commanders can provide critical skill-sets valuable in stability operations. This work will assess the applicability of these Air Force leaders' duties for possible use in post-conflict operations by reviewing the Air Force's Objective Wing Structure and duty histories of current and former Mission Support Group Commanders. / US Air Force (USAF) author.

Iraq Reconstruction

Bradley, Judah C. 22 May 2006 (has links)
The invasion planning, execution and ongoing reconstruction operations in Iraq are extremely complex. Using research, personal experience and experience of deployed members, this paper documents reconstruction events which led to the current situation in Iraq, discusses reconstruction lesson learned and offers alternative approaches which may decrease time and budget requirements for future reconstruction operations.

To degrade and control: white violence and the maintenance of racial and gender boundaries in reconstruction Texas, 1865-1868

Kosary, Rebecca A. 17 September 2007 (has links)
Immediately following the Civil War in 1865, African Americans in Texas faced extremely brutal violence perpetrated by whites. This dissertation examines the racial violence that permeated the state during the period of Presidential Reconstruction and demonstrates that violence was the central component in an overall strategy of reasserting white supremacy. The extremely violent atmosphere that existed in Texas during the period was more than a manifestation of white racism and hatred toward African Americans. Although white Texans used violence to injure, kill, or control individuals, violence also served the larger purpose of creating a climate of fear in order to more easily subjugate and control the entire black community. While physical violence and intimidation of black men was rampant throughout the early years of Reconstruction in the state, it was just one tactic used by whites to reassert racial dominance. Black women and children frequently suffered trauma at the hands of white Texans as well. When whites assaulted or raped black women and girls, they also, intentionally or not, took power and masculinity from black men. Violence against black women and children, thus, served the additional purpose of degrading and emasculating black men, in addition to directly injuring the victims themselves. Violence that was explicitly or implicitly sexual in nature was perpetrated against both black men and women and was an essential means of reasserting racial control in Reconstruction Texas. Beyond injury, this type of violence - including forced nakedness, whipping of the "œbare parts," and castration - feminized and shamed black men, humiliated and degraded black women, and further provoked fear and silence in the black community. Although sexualized violence was just one weapon in the arsenal used by many white Texans, it played a significant role in the terrorization of the larger black community during Reconstruction.

Reconstruction in Mississippi

Garner, James Wilford, January 1902 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University. / Academic record.

Reconstruction in Texas

Ramsdell, Charles W. January 1910 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Columbia University. / Vita. Pub. also as studies in history, economics and public law, v. 36, no, 1. Bibliography: p. 319-320.

Radial deblurring with FFTs

Webster, Christopher B., January 2007 (has links) (PDF)
Thesis (M.S.)--Auburn University, 2007. / Abstract. Vita. Includes bibliographic references (ℓ. 50-51)

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