Architecture and public debate in modern Europe

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This project studies the relationship between the built environment and print culture in modern Europe, concentrating on the 19th and early 20th centuries. In this period, a host of new public media developed, altering the way architecture was discussed, understood, and – ultimately – built. Looking particularly at the illustrated press emerging in mid 19th century, we examine the way architecture in the modern period becomes a site for cultural negotiation through printed media. This multidisciplinary humanities study will, we believe, throw new light on the intricate web of spatial, material and discursive practices that shaped the modern public sphere. The project is based at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) /Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS), in collaboration with the University of Oslo (UiO), the Norwegian National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and a wide international network.

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