Architecture of Capitals

Lecturers: Dr. Britta Hentschel

Architecture of Capitals.
Built politics and representation between Enlightenment and Modernity.

Requirements, hopes but also anxieties of a nation mirror themselves in the form of built architecture in its capitals. Self-reassurance, reference to history or the explicit breach with it, determine the formation of capitals like Rome and Helsinki, Paris and Berne, Washington and Brasilia. Identities as well as conceptions of society, of hierarchies and power relations are to be created and conveyed by the means of architecture. This can go hand in hand with representation and propaganda. The lecture – based on exemplary case studies from the pool of the architecture of capital cities – aims at researching the different strategies nations employ to define themselves inwardly and outwardly by means of architecture.


Dr. Britta Hentschel