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Corporate patronage

A cura di G. A. Bremner e Diego Caltana
The Dining Hall/Auditorium viewed from the side and showing the chajjas that wrap around the doors.
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Credits : Otto Koenigsberger’s Private Archive.

This volume of Architecture Beyond Europe examines the term “corporate” and its possible relationships to empire and architecture. In so doing, it considers not only the common usage/conception of corporate as a descriptor—i.e., the commercial dimension—but also its wider and more basic definition, particularly as it applies to organised groups or “bodies” of agents acting for reasons of common purpose. In some cases this went beyond the motivation of purpose to include the actual legal status and perceived responsibilities of such agents, leading to what might be described as “corporate architectures” in both the narrowest and broadest sense of that term.

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