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The Martin Centre Research Seminar Series: Geophysics and Building Sites: a diagnostic tool for Early Modern Architecture?

Andrew Hopkins (Associate Professor of Architectural History, University of L’Aquila, Italy)
When May 28, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where History of Art Lecture Room, Faculty of Architecture and History of Art
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In urban contexts architects have always had to take into account the site on which they were to build. How did they respond to this context and, in the case of cities sites with their existing historical strata and layering, how did they respond to the remnants and remains of early buildings that they found? Did the presence of earlier structures influence the design of buildings and if so how can we establish this? This paper sets out the possibilities of using geophysical surveying in the context of Baroque Rome.

Andrew Hopkins has been Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of L’Aquila in Italy since 2004. He has held fellowships at CASVA, National Gallery Washington, Getty Research Institute, L.A., Harvard’s Villa I Tatti in Florence, St John’s College Cambridge and at the British School at Rome where he was Assistant Director for four years. He has published books with Cambridge University Press, Thames and Hudson and Yale University Press.