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Fortified Towns in the Former Borderlands of Sweden and Denmark
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, History and Theory of Architecture.
2008 (English)In: Bebyggelsehistorisk tidskrift, ISSN 0349-2834, E-ISSN 2002-3812, Vol. 56, p. 23-23Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the origin of the 17th century fortified towns in the former borderlands between Sweden and Denmark, with special emphasis on Kristianstad, Kalmar and Karlskrona. These towns, established between 1614 and 1680, mirror contemporary developments in architecture, urban planning and fortifications engineering. They also point to the interaction between military, commercial and prestige-related requirements.

On starting point here is the notion of the ideal fortified town as being characterised by deliberate partnership between military fortifications and civilian settlement. Even the private houses were regulated, and the public buildings played an important role in giving the towns a symbolic and becoming outward appearance. This is an important reason for the fortified towns including some of the foremost buildings of the age in Sweden and Denmark.

The article also discusses the relationship between different professions, such as architects and engineers. Previous research has often highlighted the architects at the expense of the engineers. Well-known architect names – Tessin for exemple – have been associated with town plans and individual buildings without the source material warranting any such assumptions. In other words, previous research is open to further development and revision in a number of fields relating to the interaction of military and civilian architecture during the 17th century.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Swedish Science Press , 2008. Vol. 56, p. 23-23
Keywords [en]
Fortified Towns, Fortifications Engineering, History of Architecture, History of Built Environment, History of Urban Planning, Kalmar, Karlskrona, Kristianstad
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195631OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-195631DiVA, id: diva2:1347090
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Stormaktstidens stadsrum
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English version. Research project financed by Berit Wallenbergs stiftelse. QC 20190903

Available from: 2019-08-30 Created: 2019-08-30 Last updated: 2019-09-03Bibliographically approved

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