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The early modernist architects believed that modern architecture could solve all of society’s problems, inspiring mankind to be better.  Architecture schools such as UC Berkeley, have espoused an interest in PLACE over SPACE, eschewing the art for art’s sake attitude of high modernism, and emphasizing the social aspects of architectural design.

A study involving architecture in several of the world’s trouble spots, including Belfast, Beirut and (former trouble spot) Berlin shows that  buildings are partly to blame for a hardening in some people’s bitter sectarian attitudes.

Fences, parks, footbridges and even a playground can influence intense and bitter conflict between Catholics and Protestants, Dr Ralf Brand, a lecturer from the University of Manchester, has found.  Article from BBC News is HERE.

But he also uncovered examples of architecture that could help heal the wounds of the Troubles.

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