The Washington University Libraries are pleased to announce the publication of Kastra: Architecture and Culture in the Aegean Archipelago through Digital Library Publishing Services (DLPS) on the Open Scholarship repository.
The author Constantine E. (Dinos) Michaelides began as an assistant professor of architecture and instructor of architectural design studios at Washington University in 1960. Thirteen years later he was appointed dean of the School of Architecture. His scholarly work has focused on the vernacular architecture of the Aegean islands of Greece. Previous books include Hydra, A Greek Town: Its Growth and Form (University of Chicago Press, 1967) and The Aegean Crucible: Tracing Vernacular Architecture in Post Byzantine Centuries (Delos Press, 2001).
A sequel to The Aegean Crucible, Kastra explores the architecture and culture of the collective fortifications of the Aegean archipelago and features spectacular photography of the region. The publication of Kastra as a print book was canceled following the 2009 economic downturn in Greece. The Libraries and DLPS were able to work with Michaelides to update the manuscript, secure image permissions, provide copyediting services, and publish it as an electronic book freely available online. Key support was provided by retired Associate University Librarian Jeff Huestis and Michael Cosmopoulos, The Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Professor of Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology, and Joel Glassman, associate provost for Academic Affairs and director, International Studies and Programs, both of the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Kastra and other publications from the Libraries can be found in the Books and Monographs section of Open Scholarship.