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The Great Palm House at Kew Gardens London, England 1848

The Palm House: a crucial node in the 19th century colonial world The Palm House at Kew Gardens is an exemplar of industrial modernity. The building helps to encapsulate ideas of industrial modernity with its size, materials and meaning. With the building’s large-scale use of glass and wrought iron it helps situate the project in […]


Elmina Castle 1482: Division of Race and Hierarchy of Space

The Elmina Castle in Ghana was the first European fortress built in the tropics in 1482, it was originally built for trade and missionary work by the Portuguese.1 The castle was an important node in the transatlantic slave trade along with several other fortresses and trading posts built along the West African coast.2 By examining […]

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