Architectural History and History of Urban Planning
Architectural history and the history of urban planning form a well-established research tradition within the subdepartment of Art History.
Researchers analyze the qualities and characteristics of architecture and town plans in relation to the development of social, economic, ideological and aesthetic aspirations of planners, clients, and the public at large.
Other important topics are the canonization and mediatization of the built environment. Scholars critically address allegedly proven and long-lasting values of architectural monuments. They focus instead on the changeability of taste and on economic, cultural, and political factors that determine the value of monuments that are at the same time idiosyncratic objects, reflecting vernacular and national identities, as well as works of art.