Academic journals: Future Anterior

Journal summary: An international point of reference for the critical examination of historic preservation. Future Anterior approaches historic preservation from a position of critical inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and theoretical analysis. The journal is an international forum for the critical examination of historic preservation, spurring challenges of its assumptions, goals, methods, and results. As the first journal in American academia devoted to the study and advancement of historic preservation, it provides a much-needed bridge between architecture and history. The journal also features provocative theoretical reflections on historic preservation from the point of view of art, philosophy, law, geography, archaeology, planning materials science, cultural anthropology, and conservation.

Publisher: Minnesota University Press on behalf of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP)


Access: Subscription

Journal type: Academic peer-reviewed

Special interest magazines: Country Life

Magazine summary: Country Life is a British weekly glossy magazine which covers a range of subjects in depth, from gardens and gardening to country house architecture, fine art and books, and property to rural issues, luxury products and interiors. It contains extensive property listings for countryside and historic properties and estates. Considered a British institution, Country Life has charted the historic context for country houses, architecture, estate management and society over an extended period. The associated Picture Library forms an important historic architectural record of buildings and landscapes.

Publisher: Time Inc. (UK) Ltd.


Access: Print / online subscription; available in newsagents; also available via various County Library e-magazine services

Journal type: Special interest magazine

Exploring the Architecture of Wales



The aim of this pocket guide by John B. Hilling is to assist ‘the reader in the recognition of the wide variety of buildings to be seen in the Welsh landscape and townscape’. There are line drawings, plans, and photographs. The guide is divided into 22 sections from ‘Early Medieval: Early Christian’ (e.g. Llangorse crannog) to ‘Late Modern’. There is a short glossary and then a ‘Gazeteer of Important Buildings’ consisting of 160 locations.

Research seminar: Utopia, museums and the issue of identity – the Mexican case.

Our final research seminar for this term will be on Wednesday 18th December at 4.30pm. We hope to have mince pies!

Dr Fidel Meraz, Senior Lecturer in the UCS School of Arts & Humanities will be talking about: “Utopia, museums and the issue of identity: the Mexican case”

The presentation explores the shift of Mexican architectural practice from a nationalist model towards a dystopian globalized one by revealing controversies in cases of conversion of colonial architecture into museums. On the one hand, Mexican heritage is protected by a scientific approach of conservators who seem committed not only with the physical evidence of the past, in archaeological and anthropological senses, but also championing vaguely defined identity values. On the other hand, globalizing designer architects propose projects that challenge traditions. The encounter between conservators’ intelligentsia and architectural practice in the transformation of architectural heritage is often problematic. This is an attempt to unravel the architectural perceptions of architects facing the dichotomy colonial-contemporary.

If you’d like to attend, please register with Julie Barber email: / 01473 338181