In the early modern European city, public buildings were the
main pillars of the political, mercantile and social
infrastructure. In a first attempt to create a preliminary overview
of current knowledge in various European countries, the
IIIe and Ve Rencontres
d’Architecture Européenne, held in 2006 and 2008
at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in cooperation with the
Centre André Chastel, Paris, were dedicated to this subject.
In these two meetings, architectural historians from all over
Europe discussed the results of their research on the development
of various types of public building in the various European regions
between the late fifteenth and mid-eighteenth century. This
publication brings together most of the contributions to these two
conferences, subdivided into three categories:
- buildings erected for government and justice
- buildings serving mercantile functions
- buildings for education, health and social care.
Konrad Ottenheym is professor for Architectural History at
Krista De Jonge is professor Architectural history at the
Catholic University Leuven.
Monique Chatenet is senior researcher at the Centre
André Chastel/Sorbonne Paris-IV, Paris.