Designing Embassies for Middle Powers

Designing Embassies for Middle Powers

Designing Embassies for Middle Powers

The Research Council of the KU Leuven has allocated financial support for the project ‘Designing Embassies for Middle Powers: The Architecture of Belgian and Dutch Diplomacy in a Globalizing World’ in the category fundamental research (C1).

The project, led by Prof. dr. Fredie Floré and Prof. dr. Anne-Françoise Morel, aims at the study of embassy architecture of middle power states since 1945. It takes as a hypothesis that middle power states more than others have been confronted with challenges of national representation within a global context. To what extent did these challenges affect the conception and representational role of their embassy architecture?

This project tackles this question through a case study on Belgium and the Netherlands – two historically related middle powers that, although pursuing disparate policies of embassy building, also considered collaboration. As such it will provide a framework for analysis of interactions between architecture and politics that are seldom noted and provide relevant guidance for design and policy-making.

Image source: FelixArchief/Stadsarchief Antwerpen, n. 28#9562

PhD student working on the project: Bram De Maeyer

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