On the Resilience of Replica

Mariam Arwa Al-Hachami






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Mariam Arwa Al-Hachami
On the Resilience of Replica

Professor Michael Hughes

The purpose of the thesis is to investigate the spatial, formal, and sociopolitical relationships of traditional and contemporary library archives with the societies that make them, use them, and destroy them. The intention is to investigate this by proposing a global network of libraries that work off the idea of the library as a forum, as opposed to a reliquary. Critical to this research is the history of destruction of libraries and archives as targets of cultural genocide, as well as the persistence of archival despite the ephemeral nature of the material archived. The fortifications of a library-archive lend towards a longer life to its contents, which is the ultimate goal of archival. However, in the case of the replica, the fetishized original is no longer precious: replication becomes its insurance for survival. The result is a library for the future, which is not something that is a monument to an institution, but instead a modern agora for the age of information.

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