• Leros: Island of exile

Hughes, Beth and Issaias, Platon, 2018, Journal Article, Leros: Island of exile The Funambulist, 19. pp. 8-9. ISSN 2430-218X

Abstract or Description:

Leros:Island of Exile looks in detail at Leros in the Greek Dodecanese as a case study into the history of rationalist architecture of the fascist Italian regime and its continued legacy and impact on urban and architectural form and the local community into the present day. The research spans from the Italian occupation of Leros, and follows its transformation into notorious mental health care facilities, camps for political prisoners and violently displaced children from mainland Greece, to detention centres for refugees today. Hitherto the island remains relatively un-researched or discussed within architectural scholarship and almost unknown as a case-study within the larger body of literature about Italian colonial projects. The majority of academic research on the island is from within the medical community, psychology, social and political sciences.

The paper focuses on the re-purposing of previous military infrastructures from the Italian regime, also used as mental health institutions, for current day refugee detainment and processing centres as part of the Greek government's response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis.

Official URL: https://thefunambulist.net/articles/leros-island-e...
Subjects: Architecture > K100 Architecture
Architecture > K100 Architecture > K110 Architectural Design Theory
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K410 Regional Planning
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K420 Urban and Rural Planning
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K430 Planning studies
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K440 Urban studies
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K450 Housing
Architecture > K400 Planning (Urban > K490 Planning (Urban
School or Centre: School of Architecture
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 13:48
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 22:57
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4698
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