Deforestation, air pollution, endangered species, depleted natural resources and other environmental concerns were on the mind of early modern architects, patrons, and all those concerned with the art and act of building. During the age of exploration, ports and shipyards, cities and buildings were built through the manipulation and management of natural resources. This session invites papers that investigate new building enterprises (cities and buildings, landscape architecture, ships and ports, mines, water basins, etc.) in terms of their effects on the environment.
Scholars working in and on any geographical region are welcome to propose a paper.
Papers might consider case studies analyzing single individuals and their ideas, for example, in 1582, Philip II, the builder of the Escorial, expressed to his government minister his concern for the conditions of the forests during his travel to central Castile. He called for the conservation of forests and voiced his fear “…that those who come after us will have much to complain of if we leave them depleted, and please God we do not see it in our time.” (Cited in Henry Kamen, The Escorial: Art and Power in the Renaissance, p. 73).
Other topics might include eco-critical interpretations of primary documents and texts, poetry, and/or drama; re-examining architectural treatises for environmental concerns; or looking at buildings and landscapes themselves in different ways.
Please send proposals with CV to Katie Jakobiec by June 3: firstname.lastname@example.org