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Disturbing structure : reading the ruins

Dale, K and Burrell, G (2011) Disturbing structure : reading the ruins. Culture and Organization, 17 (2). pp. 107-121. ISSN 1475-9551

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we look at buildings from the ‘disturbing’ perspective of ruin and ruination. The relationship between buildings and ruins appears to be an antithesis, one between organisation and disorganisation: a dyad of mutually exclusive opposites. However, we try to show how the relationship between buildings and ruins is more complex and multifaceted so that rather than being the play of opposites, it is one which is mutually enacting and inextricably entwined. We explore three aspects of the relationship of mutuality between building and ruin. The first is a consideration of ruins and their relationship to structuring and de‐structuring. Second, we look into the multiplicity of meanings that ruins engender, their inherent ambivalence. Finally, we argue that ruin and ruination are as related to construction and re‐ordering as they are to destruction, since they are not the absolute annihilation of building and organisation, but are themselves different forms of organisation and organising. Thus, the paper is not so much about ruins themselves, where ruins are seen as obliteration or the absence of form. Rather, it is about what ruins and ruination tell us about buildings, structure and the processes of organising.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Culture and Organization
    Uncontrolled Keywords: architecture ; organisation ; ruins ; structuring ; destructing
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
    ID Code: 45662
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 19:35
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:35
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/45662

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