Spaces of commerce: A historiographic introduction to certain architectures of capitalism

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Abstract

Commercial buildings, long understudied by architectural historians, have become a subject of broad scholarly interest due to two important approaches: the study of consumer culture and theories of civil society. The historiography of consumption affords business architecture a pivotal role in the development of contemporary capitalism; the idea of civil society suggests that the built environment has significantly shaped the practice of democracy. Together, these approaches offer a strong historiographic and theoretical foundation for the continued study of spaces of commerce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-158
Number of pages16
JournalWinterthur Portfolio
Volume44
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • History
  • Museology

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