Gottfried Semper in London: Architectural History and Globalized Knowledge

Michael Gnehm, Sonja Hildebrand

gta Verlag & Mendrisio Academy Press, 2021


Gottfried Semper’s years in exile in London (1850–1855) were a time of highly inspirational experiences. The London of the first World Expo offered the German architect an immense trove of objects for study and an intellectual surrounding which provided the basis for his innovative cultural-history-based theory of architecture. That revolutionary period saw upheavals not only in the realms of politics and society, but also art and science. Globalization of knowledge was thereby a particularly distinctive phenomenon, especially in the capital of the British Empire. The texts extend beyond a focus on Semper as an individual to consider his work in designing, teaching and writing architecture based on his historical, architectural and disciplinary surroundings.


ISBN: 9783856764098

224 pagina's, illustraties in kleur & z/w, 23 x 19 cm, paperback, Engels