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Exploring Natural Stone and Building a National Identity: The Geological Exploration of Natural Stone Deposits in the Nordic Countries and the Development of a National-Romantic Architecture

Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Sven Hultins Gata 6, Gothenburg 41296, Sweden
Academic Editor: Marco Sosa
Received: 22 February 2017 / Revised: 23 April 2017 / Accepted: 2 May 2017 / Published: 12 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Architecture from the 20th Century to the Present)
In the second half of the 19th century, new methods for quarrying and processing natural stone were developed. In the Nordic countries Sweden, Norway, and Finland, this technological progress went hand in hand with a systematic geological mapping and large-scale exploitation of natural stone deposits. As a result, new constructions were developed, changing the building practice in these countries. With the end of historicism, a new architecture arose that, particularly in Norway and Finland, acquired a national-romantic character. This paper examines the interaction between geological exploration, commercial development, technical inventions, and the development of national-romantic architecture. View Full-Text
Keywords: architecture; 19th century; 20th century; Nordic countries; natural stone; national romanticism; geology architecture; 19th century; 20th century; Nordic countries; natural stone; national romanticism; geology
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Seelow, A.M. Exploring Natural Stone and Building a National Identity: The Geological Exploration of Natural Stone Deposits in the Nordic Countries and the Development of a National-Romantic Architecture. Arts 2017, 6, 6.

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