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Identity, Landscape and Construction
Firenze University Press
Sofia Nannini, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow and adjunct professor in Architectural History at the University of Bologna. She also teaches at the University of Florence and at the Italian Institute for Design.
Icelandic Farmhouses. Identity, Landscape and Construction (1790-1945) retraces the history of Icelandic rural architecture between the late eighteenth century and the mid-twentieth century. Through the study of Icelandic rural buildings, this book narrates a very special history of architecture: one of adaptation and tradition, scarcity of building materials and transfers of knowledge with Europe. The history of Icelandic farmhouses is intermixed with construction issues, nationalistic debates,
and a quest for a much-needed modernization of the standards of living. The book aims to retrace the role of modern building techniques in the development of Icelandic
rural architecture and society.
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