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Department of Architecture


Alex Bremner (Professor of Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh)

As the current climate emergency deepens, it is no longer adequate to leave ideas of sustainability to engineers, practitioners, and studio-based educators. Ways of understanding and teaching architecture’s history must also respond. Understanding architecture from a radical material perspective has the potential to foreground the nexus between architecture and energy consumption through time. In this lecture Alex Bremner will discuss a number of historical scenarios relating to architectural production in Victorian Britain. His will trace regimes of energy consumption and their attendant networks of procurement and production, highlighting the centrality of building as material process, including the significance of this to the history of architecture.



Alex Bremner is Professor of Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh. He specialises in the history and theory of Victorian architecture, with a particular interest in European empire and the globalisation of architectural form, knowledge, and expertise, including the nature and effects of corporate agency. His books include Imperial Gothic: Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture in the British Empire, c.1840-70 (Yale, 2013), and Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire (Oxford, 2016).


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Wednesday, 12 May, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00
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