Disciplining bodies in the gymnasium: memory, monument, by Patricia Anne Vertinsky, Sherry McKay

By Patricia Anne Vertinsky, Sherry McKay

Structure and layout were used to exert regulate over our bodies, throughout strains of sophistication, gender and race. They keep watch over entry to definite areas and amenities, impose actual or mental limitations, and make specific actions attainable for particular groups.Built in 1951, the warfare Memorial fitness center on the collage of British Columbia is a prize-winning instance of modernist structure. even if conceived to honour the lifeless of worldwide conflict II, it used to be faraway from being a impartial memorial for daily athletes. This assortment exhibits what the layout, building and transferring capabilities and spatial configurations of the construction exhibit concerning the values and aspirations of the college within the post-war years. It indicates how the construction mirrored the social and gear family members between collage directors, architects and planners, school, employees and scholars, and demonstrates how the tradition and constitution of the fitness center spoke back to altering attitudes to festival, self-discipline, occupation, gender, race and healthiness. because the editors clarify, equipped shape has politics, and tradition - wearing tradition - is simply politics via one other identify.

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In plan C, eliminate women’s dressing rooms and shower rooms. ’24 Two years later, Marian Henderson had little alternative but to capitulate, though she fought hard to nail down the promise that Bob Osborne would grant alternative facilities for the women in the old gymnasium. Writing to Pratt: Like Bob I feel that the most important thing at this time is to get something, anything started. … any economy that could be realized through Bob’s suggestions I would support … I know it is rank heresy but Bob’s idea about a supplementary field house … really appeals to me.

Each cadet devoted six hours a week to military activities whilst other students attended three hours of drill. Lacking adequate space for training, the University used its accumulated corps fund to build an armoury where not only the COTC but Navy and Air Force units also received basic training. By the end of the war, 1,680 students had enlisted whilst only one student ‘officially’ left the University as a conscientious objector. ) Not surprisingly, women students were excluded from the corps’ training.

29 The original architectural design, a collegiate gothic-style gymnasium to match other buildings on campus was challenged early on by critics who contended that twentieth-century recreation for twentieth-century men and women was unrelated in function and spirit to a fifteenth-century architectural form. This form, Ormonde Hall reported in the Graduate Chronicle: ... was an anachronism as applied to a gymnasium and to a university devoted to the discovery of truth and to the training of minds and bodies fit for leadership in the tasks of today and tomorrow.

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