Architectural Territories: Medieval Strategies in a Globalizing World

Architectural Territories: Medieval Strategies in a Globalizing World

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Ashley Bigham

Yale University

October 17, 2014

Center for Urban History, Lviv

From the fortresses of the Middle Ages to today’s global infrastructures, territorial forms remain a global trail that architects, urban designers and historians can exploit and employ. Inspired by the fortresses and castles of Galicia, this research examines defensive architecture from the Middle Ages to present-day. Recent trends in globalization have highlighted the importance of studying these structures. Through careful examination of architectural form, methodologies, and history it is easy to see comparisons between fortress architecture in Ukraine and contemporary defense architecture all over the world.

Like the Middle Ages, today’s political structures are fragmented. Political authority is exercised by a range of overlapping organizations including religious bodies, nations, city-states, and transnational corporations. This lecture examined stories of architecture and territory throughout the history of globalization. How is architecture responding to the current sociopolitical shift toward the organizational structures of the Middle Ages? What can we learn from medieval history that will help us face our own current defense crisis?