The Built Environment through the Prism of the Colonial Periodical Press is a venture of the International Group for Studies of Colonial Periodical Press of the Portuguese Empire (IGSCP-PE), who are also interested in comparative studies and conceptual discussions.

Through a focus on the understudied role of colonial periodicals in the creation and public discussion of colonial built environments, the present book contributes to a cultural history of the idea of built environment. The studies underscore the role of press in articulating environment imaging and transformations with colonial ideologies, projects and policies, and the fixing, othering and disputing of identities, while still retaining the epochal circulation of ideas. This role is evidenced through discussions of forests, clubs, hotels, barracks, hospitals, houses, verandas and gardens, railways, Catholic churches and Hindu "templescapes", restorations and exhibitions. The book also examines a non-canonical variety of periodicals, such as newspapers, bulletins, women’s magazines, and professional journals. Published within the sphere of Portuguese, Belgium, Italian, British formal and informal Empire, the analysis of these periodicals provides a multilingual, plural and complex comprehension of the discursive creation of modern built environments in colonial ambiances.

This volume is indispensable for scholars and students interested in Media Studies, Architectural and Engineering studies, Built Environment studies as well as Colonial and Imperial history.

chapter |19 pages


ByAlice Santiago Faria, Anne Shelley, Sandra Ataíde Lobo

chapter 1|16 pages

The Forest or the Tree?

Colonial Forestry and Environmental Debates in the Goan Periodical Press *
ByJosé Miguel Moura Ferreira

chapter 2|20 pages

Iron Message

Railways in the German Colonial Press
ByCorinna Schäfer

chapter 3|21 pages

Infrastructure in the Making

The Ottoman Railway Company as Portrayed by the Smyrna Mail
ByElvan Cobb

chapter 4|30 pages

Tropical Building

A Typology Defined in British Military Engineering Journals
ByPedro Guedes

chapter 5|23 pages

Illustration as Propaganda in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press

British Empire Building on the Terrace at Shepheard's Hotel, Cairo
ByAnne Shelley

chapter 6|28 pages

Educating the Colonial Spouse or Pushing the Agenda of Tropical Modernism in the Belgian Congo?

Architecture and the Coloniser's House in the Pages of the Bulletin de l'Union des Femmes Coloniales
ByJohan Lagae

chapter 7|29 pages

Reconstructing Templescapes in Goa

Santeri-Śāntādurgā and Other Female Deities through the Compromissos of the Boletim Official
ByCibele Aldrovandi

chapter 8|22 pages

Conflicted Identities

Bombay's Catholic Communities, Its Buildings and The Press
ByAlice Santiago Faria, Sidh Losa Mendiratta

chapter 9|21 pages

Constructing the Empire

Italian Colonial Architecture and the Practice of Ambientazione
ByMonica Palmeri

chapter 10|31 pages

‘Old Goa Must Be Brought Back to Life’

The Restoration of Old Goa's Monuments in the Goan Periodical Press during the Portuguese Colonial Period
ByJoaquim Rodrigues dos Santos

chapter 11|24 pages

Cabo Verde Boletim de Propaganda e Informação (1949–1964)

From Propaganda to the Demands for Change at the Periphery of the Portuguese Empire
ByAna Vaz Milheiro