Lukas Pauer

Staging Facts on the Ground On the Rationale of Sovereignty Markers in Contested Territory

Supervisors: Dr Pier Vittorio Aureli, Dr Thanos Zartaloudis

Situated at the intersection of urbanization and geopolitics, the thesis investigates an architecture of seemingly minor/banal objects with nevertheless enormous territorial repercussions: earthwork, stones, posts, walls, beacons, etc. The thesis interrogates how architecture and its representations can claim or subvert power in vast contested territories where stable and extensive sovereignty cannot be established/demarcated. Hereby the thesis seeks to identify a historical genealogy of devices marking territory in form of architectural building, cartographic mapping, and toponomastic branding.