Dr Alex Bremner and Dr Ola Uduku, colleagues in ECA's Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), have been involved in a landmark publication covering the history of British imperial and colonial architecture and urbanism. To be published by Oxford University Press as part of its prestigious Oxford History of the British Empire series, Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire will be the first volume of its kind, charting the rise and development of Britain’s imperial and colonial architecture from earliest times to decolonisation in the mid twentieth century.

Edited by Alex, who was overall project coordinator, the volume contains contributions from leading historians of architecture and urbanism, including Ola, who collaborated with Iain Jackson from the University of Liverpool to provide a chapter on the colonial architectures of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Alex is a senior lecturer in Architectural History and Ola is a reader in Architecture.

Description of the volume

Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire provides an overview of the architectural and urban transformations that took place across the British empire between the seventeenth and mid-twentieth centuries. Although much research has been carried out on architecture and urban planning in Britain's empire in recent decades, no single, comprehensive reference source exists. This book remedies this deficiency. With its extensive chronological and regional coverage by leading scholars in the field, the volume will quickly become a seminal text for those who study, teach, and research the relationship between empire and the built environment in the British context. In providing an up-to-date account of past and current historiographical approaches toward the study of British imperial and colonial architecture and urbanism, it will prove equally useful to those who study architecture and urbanism in other European imperial and transnational contexts.

The volume is divided in two main sections. The first section deals with overarching thematic issues, including building typologies, major genres and periods of activity, networks of expertise and the transmission of ideas, the intersection between planning and politics, as well as the architectural impact of empire on Britain itself. The second section builds on the first by discussing these themes in relation to specific geographical regions, teasing out the variations and continuities observable in context, both practical and theoretical.