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Title: A study of ironwork in the Balkans during the late Ottoman era
Author: Charitatos, Dimitrios
ISNI:       0000 0004 2712 584X
Awarding Body: Goldsmiths, University of London
Current Institution: Goldsmiths College (University of London)
Date of Award: 2011
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The present research is both a history of design of a category of objects and a data field for investigation and discussion of design theory of architectural elements. The category of elements is ironwork used on the external parts of the buildings, the facades and the fences, and the researched period and location is the late Ottoman era, 1850 – 1920, in the Balkans; a time and place of radical movements and turbulent social and economic conditions. The research is done with the intention to understand taste and trends in design and the objects of the public space. Therefore, the structure of this research is not only based on a presentation of interesting samples from the Balkan Peninsula but also on an analysis of ironwork from four cities that now belong to four different Balkan states. The focus therefore, is not only on analyzing important representative samples of ironwork, but also on analyzing the ironwork typologies and connecting them to the inhabitants, the economy and the society, the means of production and the urban geography. In other words, I think it is important not only to present the ironwork of a certain period but also to analyze it in relation to both its material and immaterial context
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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