Accepted paper:

Global building types: how can the press help its understanding across geographies?

Author:

Alice Santiago Faria (CHAM-NOVA FCSH-UAc)

Paper short abstract:

This paper will look into the circulation of a global health building type, the barrack-hospital, across geographies of 19th Portuguese Empire and argue that the press, and the colonial press in particular, is vital to the understanding of the circulation of architectural types across geographies.

Paper long abstract:

Architecture has always travelled. Models, building types, and several other kinds of architectural knowledge have always circulated across geographies. Nevertheless, it was during the 19th century that architectural models spread across the globe so rapidly that the task of understanding its routes and forms of circulation becomes a complicated assignment.That happened in other sectors, like healthcare practices, and along the "globalization" of new practices in medicine, healthcare architectural becomes one of the fields where is possible to find building types in a worldwide scale and where to track the routes and forms of its circulation became an almost impossible mission. This paper will look into the circulation a global health building type, the barrack-hospital, across geographies of 19th Portuguese Empire and argue that the press, and the colonial press in particular, is vital to the understanding of the circulation of architectural types across geographies.

panel P25
Colonial press as an archive of connected histories