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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.


Architecture & Finance Vol. 1

eabh bulletin 2016

Most financial institutions’ buildings are landmarks. Placed in the heart of city centres, they occupy prominent spaces in our urban environments. They are built to last.

Financial buildings mirror an important aspect of urban environments. Moreover, they are closely linked to the urban and economic development of cities and countries.

Is the function of finance reflected in the form of its institutions’ edifices? Can we determine whether a company runs its business in an open, transparent and integrated way from the way in which its headquarters are presented to the wider public and integrated into the urban landscape? Which stories can buildings’ transformations tell about the changes and renewals of countries and places over time?


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