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The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture

1st Edition

Edited by Nicholas Temple, Andrzej Piotrowski, Juan Manuel Heredia


592 pages | 146 B/W Illus.

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This is the first comprehensive study of the reception of classical architecture in different regions of the world. Exploring the impact of colonialism, trade, slavery, religious missions, political ideology and intellectual/artistic exchange, the authors demonstrate how classical principles and ideas were disseminated and received across the globe. By addressing a number of contentious or unresolved issues highlighted in some historical surveys of architecture, the chapters presented in this volume question long-held assumptions about the notion of a universally accepted ‘classical tradition’ and its broadly Euro-centric perspective.

Featuring thirty-two chapters written by international scholars from China, Europe, Turkey, North America, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand, the book is divided into four sections: 1) Transmission and Re-conceptualisation of Classical Architecture; 2) Classical Influence through Colonialism, Political Ideology and Religious Conversion; 3) Historiographical Surveys of Geographical Regions, and 4) Visual and Textual Discourses. This fourfold arrangement of chapters provides a coherent structure to accommodate different perspectives of classical reception across the world, and their geographical, ethnographic, ideological, symbolic, social and cultural contexts. Essays cover a wide geography and include studies in Italy, France, England, Scotland, the Nordic countries, Greece, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Germany, Poland, India, Singapore, China, USA, Mexico, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. Other essays in the volume focus on thematic issues or topics pertaining to classical architecture, such as ornament, spolia, humanism, nature, moderation, decorum, heresy and taste.

An essential reference guide, The Routledge Handbook on the Reception of Classical Architecture makes a major contribution to the study of architectural history in a new global context.


"While accomplishing its ambitions to examine the reception of classical architecture around the world, this remarkably edited collection is no mere compilation of scholarship under set ideological assumptions. Beyond impeccable and original historiography, its great merit is a critical openness to the complexity of cultural, social and political issues raised by the topic. Given the European origins of global technological civilization, the particular adoption of the classical tradition in diverse postclassical and modern historical contexts is a timely topic to orient our conversations about appropriate architectural practices." - Alberto Perez-Gomez, Bronfman Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, and author of Attunement, Architectural Meaning after the Crisis of Modern Science

"This book clarifies the decisive differences between the style we call classicism and the ideas and practices that define the classical tradition, as received and revised in Europe and beyond. Readers will discover how the tradition’s creative nucleus re-established itself throughout the world, thus authorizing comparably creative revisions for any one at work in architecture today." - David Leatherbarrow, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: A ‘World’ Reception of Classical Architecture Nicholas Temple, Andrzej Piotrowski and Juan Manuel Heredia PART I: TRANSMISSION AND RE-CONCEPTUALISATION OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE 2.The Fates of Fornix Juan Manuel Heredia 3. Architects, Architecture and the City: Some Themes on the Continuity of Classical Ideas Relating to the Latin Middle Ages Christian Frost 4. Rethinking Ornament in Classical Architecture: Spolia and Architecture as institutio Clare E. L. Guest 5. The Persistence of Natura Naturans from Classical Architecture John Hendrix 6. On Moderation: The Ancient Virtue and its Reception in Architectural Theory Esra Sahin Burat 7. Classical Columns, Mannerism, and the Other Antiquity Andrzej Piotrowski 8. Neoclassical Taste and Antiquarian Scholarship: The Royal Academy of the Three Noble Arts of San Carlos in Mexico, Alexander von Humboldt and Pedro José Márquez Oscar Humberto Flores 9. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Classicism in England: John Soane’s Language and Imagination Yue Zhuang PART II: CLASSICAL INFLUENCES THROUGH COLONIALISM, POLITICAL IDEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS CONVERSION 10. Honour and the Classical Tradition in Architecture: The Matter of Slavery Charles Burroughs 11. Dismemberment of the Orders and their Reassembly across Portuguese Overseas Settlements Pedro Guedes 12. The Reception and Involution of Classical Architecture in Jesuit Missions in China (1583-1759) Xiao Jing 13. The Gods that came from the Sea: The Classical Tradition in New Spain Santiago de Orduña 14. Indo-Portuguese Architecture in Kerala during the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Helder Carita 15. Neo-classical Architecture in the Straits Settlements: Singapore’s Civic Square (1819-1936) Raymond Quek 16. Herbert Baker, New Delhi and the Reception of the Classical Tradition Soumyen Bandyopadhyay and Sagar Chauhan PART III: HISTORIOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS OF GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS 17. Scotland’s Enduring Eclectic Classicism Ian Campbell 18. From Fischer von Erlach to Adolf Loos: The Classical in Austria Ross Jenner 19. Avatars of the Classical Tradition in Romanian Architecture Ana Maria Zahariade and Horia Moldovan 20. China (Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries): Renaissance Humanism and Chinese Architecture Hui Zou 21. Revising the Classical in Australian Architecture: Colonial New South Wales and Victoria Peter Kohane and Mark Stiles 22. "Pretty true reflection of our civilisation": Classical Architecture in Nineteenth Century New Zealand Robin Skinner 23. Nordic Visions of a Classical World (1901-1966) Harry Charrington PART IV: VISUAL AND TEXTUAL DISCOURSES 24. (Re)Invoking Humanism in Modernity: Architecture and Spectacle in Fascist Italy Nicholas Temple and Eleni Tracada 25. Unclassical Forms of Late Roman Architecture and the Roman Baroque: Francesco Borromini and the New Classical Tradition Giuseppe Bonaccorso 26. Power, Patronage and Politics: Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni and the Reception of Neoclassicism in France Louise Pelletier 27. The Reception of European Renaissance Urban Theory in New Spain Juan Luis Burke 28. Thomas Jefferson: The American Landscape and the Architecture Carol William Westfall 29. The Revival of Classical Architecture in Athens (1830-1860): Educational Institutions in Athens by Christian Hansen, Lysandros Kaftantzoglou and Stamatios Kleanthis Nikolaos Karydis 30. Modernism and Classicism in Brazil: Foundational Myths and Other Stories Daniela Sandler 31. Greek Temple Design and the Kathedrale des erotishen Elends Matthew Mindrup 32. The Underbelly of the Architect: Reproducing Classical Idioms of Power and Culture in Rome Renée Tobe and Tracey Eve Winton Selected Bibliography Index

About the Editors

Nicholas Temple is an architect, Professor of Architecture and Director of the Centre for Urban Design, Architecture and Sustainability (CUDAS) at the University of Huddersfield. A graduate of Cambridge University, he previously served as head of the School of Architecture at the University of Lincoln and was an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Temple was a Rome Scholar in Architecture at the British School at Rome, a Paul Mellon Rome Fellow and Bogliasco Fellow and has collaborated on research projects on the history and theory of architecture and urbanism in Europe and China. His most recent research is a British Academy funded project with Professor Cecilia Panti on Lorenzo Ghiberti's 3rd Commentary. He was shortlisted for the International CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award in 2014 for his book Renovatio Urbis: Architecture, Urbanism and Ceremony in the Rome of Julius II (Routledge, 2011), and is chief editor of the Routledge Research in Architectural History series and co-editor of the Journal of Architecture.

Andrzej Piotrowski, an architect educated in Poland and Professor of Architecture at the University of Minnesota, USA, combines in his scholarship theory and history of architecture. His Jeffrey Cook Award-winning research focuses on the epistemology of design. Covering global issues of architecture, religion, politics and culture, his findings have been presented in many architectural and cross-disciplinary conferences. Author of Architecture of Thought (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and co-editor with J. Williams Robinson of The Discipline of Architecture (University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Currently, he serves as an associate editor of the Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review and works on a book entitled A Heretical History of Architecture.

Juan Manuel Heredia is Associate Professor of Architecture at Portland State University, having completed a PhD and Master of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Diploma of Philosophy from Universidad Iberoamericana/Mexico City. Heredia studied and practised architecture in Mexico before moving to the United States in 1999 to pursue graduate studies. His research focuses on architectural theory and history, especially of the 20th century. His work has been published in Arquine and Bitacora (Mexico), On-Site Review (Canada) and Arkitekten (Denmark). In 2009 he co-organised the Second International Architecture and Phenomenology Conference held in Kyoto, Japan. His current writing focuses on 20th Century architecture in Mexico and Latin America.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / Ancient & Classical