Journeys through hyperreality

Hopper, Nick (2009) Journeys through hyperreality. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation explores the notion of hyper-reality in architecture, urban design and the built environment. It uses the work of the semiotic philosopher Jean Baudrillard to establish a definition of hyper-reality and goes on to argue for the recognition of a historical trend in architectural and urban design for the existence of a pattern towards hyper-reality and the desire for fantasy realms that mirror "reality", since the enlightenment. It illustrate this pattern by drawing on three key examples that take in Baudrillard's three orders of appearance signalling the dominant means of expression of the hyper-real in the last three hundred years. The examples drawn upon to illustrate this trend are the landscaped park in Stourhead, Wiltshire begun in 1724, the Pleasure Beach and Tower at Blackpool, started in 1891, and the recent development of Dubai and its coastline. Despite the apparent contradictions in three seemingly disparate environments an investigation has been undertaken to consolidate a thread that interweaves the three in an effort to pinpoint and ascertain key notions of the hyper-real and the object/subject relationship between the real and the simulated. A brief historical overview of each of the key examples has been carried out along with investigation of relevant cultural and art historical writings appropriate to their contexts. The nature of context in architectural design will be drawn upon with the ambition of realising its relevance in a world of brand dominated globalisation and the immediacy of seemingly disassociated realms through media saturation. A world that seemingly renders all things available to all people, all of the time. The piece will offer further insight through historical and socio-cultural writings and observations from a broad cross section of sources and will also benefit from site visits by the author to the three locations mentioned above in an effort to ground the theory in a personal, experiential form. Different stylistic writing methods will be used to further accentuate these processes. It is anticipated a full understanding of Baudrillard's writings on simulated realities will be realised along with a clear polemical discourse for the recognition of the hyper real as an appropriate tool for the development of urban and architectural environments in contemporary architectural design.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > Portsmouth School of Architecture
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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