European Architecture beyond Europe COST Action


Laufzeit: 2010-2014

Management Committee:
Chair: Prof. Mercedes Volait Invisu, CNRS/INHA, 2, rue Vivienne, 7, 5002 Paris, France
Vice chair: Prof. Johan Lagae Dept. of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University, J. Plateaustraat, 22, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Management Committee for Austria:
Dr. Vittoria Capresi (currently: German University  Cairo, former: Technical University of Vienna, Architekturgeschichte // Bauforschung),
Dr. Diego Catalana (Architekturzentrum Wien)

Further Partners: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom.


This Action aims to produce a broader understanding of the worldwide spread of European architecture across empires during the 19th and 20th c. by focusing on its vectors, connections, semantics and materiality in a large range of geographic and linguistic contexts engaging both Western and non-Western environments. It posits that the bilateral colonial channel (e.g. French architecture in Algeria or British architecture in India), represented but one aspect of a larger multifaceted history. By combining architectural history with area studies’ knowledge, the intention is to map and analyze more complex dissemination patterns and bordercrossing relationships. Beyond architecture, the challenge is to contribute to the writing of a global history of modern European culture, including overseas expansions and transnational dynamics in its scope. To that end, this Action proposes joining efforts at the European level in collaboration with non-European researchers. A major outcome will be the development of accurate digital resources on the topic, as a first step towards the building of a research infrastructure.