here refers not just to urban spaces and the social stratigraphies that
comprise them. Rather, we hope to evoke an older connotation buried
within the word: the home territories of empire. The Metropolis Project
participates at the nexus of European cities. In these places, the urban
experience of historic landscape and contested artefact can be
landscapes and artefacts of Europe are products of a cacophony of
frontiers, nation building, histories, languages and religions.
Throughout the continentís history revolutions, reformations,
genocides, and institutionalizations have modified landscapes,
arbitrating new policies and conceptions of lands. Artefacts in the
forms of monuments have been continually erected to signify the
invention of a new state or cross-cognitive concept toward landscapes.
In some situations these monuments performed as herms, boundary stones,
literally marking the limits of the landscape dominion of ideology.
Portable artefacts such as religions icons and the masterpieces of the
plastic arts also serve to delimit and mobilize the breadth and meaning
of cognoscapes. The trialogue between landscape, artefact and human
consciousness reaches fever pitch in Europe.
else in the world have landscapes been so imagined, and artefacts so
utilized in their imagining, as in Europe. Borders are clearly
permeable; religion is evermore untenable as language and politics
affirm identity. Adding to the complexity of the research question is
the issue of urbanity and the built environment.