Printed&Built reading seminars take place once a month, presenting and discussing key texts in the field.

Reading seminar I: Architecture and language

Eck, Caroline van, Classical Rhetoric and the Visual Arts in Early Modern Europe (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Forty, Adrian, Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture (London: Thames & Hudson, 2000)

Wittman, Richard, Architecture, Print Culture and the Public Sphere (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007)

Reading seminar II: French architectural publications of the 19th century 

Bergdoll, Barry, Léon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry (New York : Cambridge, Mass: Architectural History Foundation ; MIT Press, 1994)

Gervais, Thierry, ‘Imagining the World. I’Illustration: The birth of the French illustrated press and the introduction of photojournalism’, Mediocographia, vol 27, no 1, 2005

Lipstadt, Hélène, ‘Architecture and It’s Image: Notes Towards the Definition of Architectural Publication’, Architectural Design, 1989, 12–23

Lipstadt, Hélène, ‘Early Architectural Periodicals’, in The Beaux-Arts and Nineteenth-Century French Architecture, ed. by Robin Middleton, 1st edition (Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 1982)

Lipstadt, Hélène, Harvey Mendelsohn, and Institut d’études et de recherches en architecture et urbanisme, Architectes et ingénieur dans la presse: polémique, débat, conflit (CORDA, 1980)

Reading seminar III: Stephen Bann

Bann, Stephen, Art and the Early Photographic Album (Washington D.C. : New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, 2011)

Bann, Stephen, Distinguished Images: Prints and the Visual Economy in Nineteenth-Century France (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2013)

Reading seminar IV: Printing technologies in the 19th century

Twyman, Michael, Printing 1770-1970, an illustrated history of its development and uses in England (London: Eyre & Spottiswood, 1970)

Reading seminar V: The public sphere

Jostein Gripsrud, Hallvard Moe, Anders Molander, and Graham Murdock, eds., ‘Preface’, ‘General Introduction’, and ‘Introduction: Discovering the Public Sphere’, in The Public Sphere, 4 vols. (London: SAGE, 2011), vol. 1, pp. xxxi-xliii

Jürgen Habermas, ‘Further Reflections on the Public Sphere’, in Habermas and the Public Sphere, ed. by Craig J. Calhoun (MIT Press, 1992), pp. 421–61

Richard Wittman, ‘Architecture, Space, and Abstraction in the Eighteenth-Century French Public Sphere’, Representations, 102 (2008), 1–26

Reading seminar VI: Print culture classics I

Elisabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change. Communications and cultural transformations in early-modern Europe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1979, chp 2: “Defining the initial shift. Some features of print culture”.

Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book. Print and knowledge in the making, Chicago: Chicago University Press 1998, introduction.

Bruno Latour, “Visualization and Cognition. Drawing Things Together”, in H. Kuklick (ed.), Knowledge and Socity. Studies in the Sociology of Culture Past and Present. Bingley: Jai Press vol 6, pp. 1-40.

Reading seminar VII: Architecture and print culture

Mario Carpo, Architecture in the age of printing: Orality, writing, typography and printed images in the history of architectural theory, Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press 2001.

Mario Carpo, The Alphabet and the Algorithm, Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press 2011.

Reading seminar VIII: The illustrated press in the 19th century

Patricia Anderson, The Printed Image and the Transformation of Popular Culture, 1790-1860. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.

Peter Sinnema, Dynamics of the pictured page: Representing the nation in the Illustrated London News, Adershot: Ashgate 1998.

Reading seminar IX: History and mediation

Beatriz Colomina, Privacy and Publicity. Architecture as Mass Media, Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press 1994.

Stephen Bann, The Clothing of Clio: a study of the representation of history in nineteenth-century Britain and France, Cambride: Cambridge University Press 1984.

Maarten Delbeke, “A book accessible to all”. AA Files 69/2015.

Reading seminar X: Ephemera

Richard Taws, The Politics of the Provisional. Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France. Penn State University Press 2013.

Reading seminar XI: Print culture classics II

Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1962.

Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects, New York: Random House 1967.

Reading seminar XII: The Anatomy of the Architectural Book

Andre Tavares, The Anatomy of the Architectural Book. Zurich: Lars Müller 2016.

Reading seminar XIII: Reading the city, telling the house

Anne Myers, Literature and Architecture in Early Modern England. Baltimore: John Hopkins 2013.

Peter Fritzsche, Reading Berlin 1900. Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press 1996.

Reading seminar XIV: The News

Jason E. Hill and Vanessa R. Schwartz, Getting the Picture. Visual Culture in the News. London: Bloomsbury 2015.

Andrea Korda, Printing and Painting the News in Victorian London. The Graphic and Social Realism, 1869-1891. Farnham: Ashgate 2015.

Reading seminar XV: Geographies of Print

Miles Ogborn, and Charles W. J. Withers, eds., Geographies of the Book (Ashgate, 2010)
Mary L. Shannon, Dickens, Reynolds, and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street. Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2016.

Reading seminar XVI: Nineteenth-Century Media Aesthetics
Marit Grøtta, Baudelaire’s Media Aesthetics. The Gaze of the Flaneur and 19th-century Media. London and New York: Bloomsbury 2015.

Reading seminar XVII: The Invention of News
Andrew Pettegree, The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know about Itself. New Haven: Yale University Press 2014.


Reading seminar XVIII: Laurel Brake


Laurel Brake,  Print in Transition. Studies in Media and Book History. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2001.

Laurel Brake,  “London Letter: Researching the Historical Press, Now and Here”, Victorian Periodicals Review, vol 48,  No 2, summer 2015.

Reading seminar XIX: The history of reading


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