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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Retelling Baltimore's Story Through Reinvention
by Canady, Erin, M.A., The George Washington University, 2016, 60; 10125498
Abstract (Summary)

The effects of blight on a city and neighborhood can be not only physical but also social and cultural. The negative impact can be crucial to economic and social development. The overall concept is reinvention and revival of not only a space, but a people. By looking at the design aesthetic and process of Alexander McQueen, the revival of an abandoned space can echo the elements of narrative, empowerment, magical transformation, and re-imagining styles of the past by giving new life to not only the building, but also the neighborhood where it is located. The space will embody hope and purpose while transforming it from negative to positive.

The research shows that there is a need to rehabilitate certain cities that are affected by serious blight. Abandoned buildings not only affect the aesthetic of an area but also the people and economy.

Alexander McQueen’s collection’s told a story, gave women a sense of empowerment and included a theme of “magical transformation”. These same principles can be applied to a space that has long been forgotten. The story of the space can be retold and reinvented to empower the very people using the space.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schlesinger, Christy
School: The George Washington University
Department: Corcoran School of Arts and Design
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fashion, Adult education, Architecture
Keywords: Baltimore, Reinvention, Retelling, Story
Publication Number: 10125498
ISBN: 978-1-339-83571-6
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