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Les planches de l'Encyclopédie en lumière 1762-1772. International conference (Paris)
The international Conference is organised by Numérique Collaborative et Critique de l'Encyclopédie de Diderot, D'Alembert et Jaucourt ENCCRE. The conference will take place on 19th May (Observatoire de Paris), 20th May (Institut de France) and on 21th May (Sorbonne Université). Here you find the programme. The conference is accompanied by the exhibition "Les planches de l'Encyclopédie: sources & polémiques", to be held from 23rd May to 3rd September 2022, at Bibliothèques Mazarine & de l'Institut de France" (here the poster).

Lecture by Professor Antonio Becchi (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)
The special lecture by Professor Antonio Becchi (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin) will take place on 12th May, 2022 at Lingotto (Aula Magna), Turin during lunch break (from 1pm to 2.30pm).

Title of the lecture: "L'algoritmo impossibile. Edoardo Benvenuto (1940-1998) e le radici della storia del costruire", moderators Prof. Edoardo Piccoli, Cesare Tocci.
The conference will be in hybrid mode with a live audience Lingotto and also in live streaming here.

The lecture is organised within the Master programme in "Architecture Construction and City", open to all the Master students at Politecnico di Torino. It is curated by PhD students Alessandro Di Renzo, Elena Giaccone, Saskia Gribling, Costanza Lucarini, Ludovica Rolando, Matteo Tempestini, Didem Turk, and coordinated by Edoardo Bruno and Valeria Federighi.

Ninth Annual Conference on Construction History, Cambridge (CHS)
The Ninth Annual Conference on Construction History (CHS) will take place on 1st-2nd April, 2022 at Queen's College, Cambridge. The theme will be Timber Construction. It will be followed by a one day conference on Sunday 3rd April on James Essex, the 18th century architect and builder. The conference will be in hybrid mode with a live audience in Queen's and live presentations but where necessary presentations online. All those delivering papers must register for the conference. The committee aim to produce the printed proceedings to be available on the first day of the conference.

Our CHG member Martina Motta is attending with a paper on "The Wood Sector and the King's Works. A Different Perspective for the Study of 18th Century Royal Construction Sites in the Kingdom of Sardinia".
Link to the programme here

The Art and Industry of Stucco Decoration
This international conference aims at examining the techniques and the artistic processes with which stucco decoration has been realized in different European countries from the 16th to the 17th Century, by foreign or by local masters. Stucco is very versatile and composite artwork, it can be executed using different materials and production methods according to what is available on site and the ability of the masters to manipulate the mortar. The conference will examine this and other related topics with an interdisciplinary approach, considering art and social history, technical art history, material science as subjects of enquiry.

Organisation committee: Giacinta Jean, Alberto Felici (Istituto materiali e costruzioni, Dipartimento ambiente costruzioni e design, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, SUPSI), Letizia Tedeschi (Archivio del Moderno, Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera italiana, USI).
Scientific committee: Giacinta Jean, Alberto Felici, Marta Caroselli (SUPSI-DACD-IMC), Letizia Tedeschi (USI-AAM-Archivio del Moderno), Serena Quagliaroli, Giulia Spoltore (Centro Studi per la storia dello stucco in Età Moderna e Contemporanea), Jana Zapletalová (Palacký University Olomouc).

The event will take place at Istituto Svizzero (Rome) and online. Presentations will be held in Italian, English and French.

Call for Papers EAHN22 Madrid
Submission deadline: September 6, 2021

Abstracts are invited for the session and round tables listed below by Sept. 6, 2021. Information here.

On Construction History see:

Sessions S04 - Building for Print: Reconsidering the agency of the building manual

Chairs: Gregorio Astengo, ETH Zurich / IE University - Emma Letizia Jones, University of Technology Sydney / ETH Zurich

Session S07 - Embodied Energy Through Time: Architecture and its Histories of Resource Consumption

Chairs: Barnabas Calder, University of Liverpool - Alex Bremner, University of Edinburgh

Registration for EAHN2021 is now open
The 6th Biennal conference of the European Architectural History Network will take place 2-5 June 2021. Hosted by the University of Edimburg, the conference will take place entirely online. Information here.

Session 30 - Comfort, Functionality, and Sustainability as (Early?) Modern Architectural Concerns

Chairs: Giovanna Guidicini, Glasgow School of Art; Anne-Françoise More, KU Leuven

Construction History Seminar - Politecnico di Milano / Scuola di Specializzazione (SSBAP) 
8th June, 2021 9.30 am (virtual room)

Three recent researches on construction history - Bruxelles, Reykjavik, Firenze 

Here you find the programme. For information please contact edoardo.piccoli@polito.it

'Sulla ruina di sì nobile edificio'. Crolli strutturali in architettura
The international Conference is organised by Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Politecnico di Milano. The conference will take place on 26th February, 2021, on Microsoft Teams. Here you find the programme and the details for the link.

The Culture of the Architectural Model in Switzerland
The seminar is organised by A. Bologna with G. Neri in collaboration with the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (USI - Università della Svizzera Italiana). The seminar will take place on 4th December, 2020, on Zoom. Here you find the details:

Join Zoom Meeting, meeting here. ID: 942 1020 1211; passcode: 358089

Seventh International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH)
The Seventh International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH) will take place on 12-16 July, 2021. Call for abstract is open now (from 18th May to 12th July 2020).
Link here

Eighth Annual CHS Conference (2021) and International Symposium
The Eight Annual CHS Conference and International Symposium will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April 2021 (Two full days) with departure after breakfast on the Monday 19th April 2021. The dates are slightly later than normal because Easter falls early next year. The call for abstracts will go out in May.
(Send ideas for special theme to Natcha Ruamsanitwong : chs@aha.cam.ac.uk ).   
Link here

Congress on Vittone (250 years after his death)

Politecnico di Torino honors the death of Bernardo Vittone, one of the most original architect of Baroque in Italy and Europe. "Vittone 250. L'archivio disperso di un architetto del Settecento: Nuovi contributi su B. Vittone, 1704-70" edited by R. Caterino, F. Favaro, F. Novelli, E. Piccoli. Salone d'Onore, Castello del Valentino, 22 October 2020 (here the program for reservations pdf) and the website: Vittone250

About the conference: here the link to the article in the "Giornale dell'Architettura" and here some considerations on Vittone by Portoghesi during "Vittone250".

Twenty-First Century Architecture

The University of Melbourne. School of Design, on 26th August 2020, 4.15-5.45 p.m. Invited professor: Alberto Bologna (China Room, DAD Department, Politecnico di Torino), Guest Lecturer Webinar, On Tectonics (here pdf)

IUAV PhD Talks

Online seminar (MS Teams) on 11th May 2020, 10-11 a.m. Invited professor: Alberto Bologna (China Room, DAD Department, Politecnico di Torino), Chinese Brutalism Today. Concrete and Avant-Garde Architecture.                                 Link here

Call for abstract "Virtuosity. Ethics and Aesthetics of the Technical Gesture from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century"

International conference 14,15,16 january 2021. Proposals for papers should be sent by May 30th to Jean-Marie Guillouët (jmguillouet@gmail.com) and Valérie Nègre (valerie-negre@wanadoo.fr) in the form of a summary of a maximum of 2,000 characters. They must be accompanied by a short one-page CV.
The conference will be held at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art with the support of the INHA, the Institut d’histoire moderne et contemporaine (Paris) and the Centre François Viete (Nantes).                                                                        Link here.

Call for abstract for the Eighth Annual Construction History Conference

Next year’s conference will be held on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April 2021 (Two full days) with departure after breakfast on the Monday 19th April 2021. Link here

The Seventh Annual Construction History Conference is moving online

Seventh Annual Conference will move online. Queens’ College is cancelling conferences to be held in the college over the break. The proceedings are complete, and the conference is moving to an online format this year. All speakers are being asked to record their talks with live question and answer sessions. Details here


Programme of the Seventh Annual Conference of the Construction History Society

Link here

Saturday 4 April 2020
Those who registered for the conference and everyone who is a member of the CHS will be sent a links by email on Friday 4 to register for each of the online sessions. You need to register separately for each session. Registration is free and on registration you will receive the electronic invitation to attend. The conference is being run as a Zoom Webinar. You will need to download the Zoom app on your device but you do not need to pat to use zoom to join. Membership is free. All those presenting papers will be sent full instructions.
10am Online Session 1: Tradition and Innovation
Maryia Rusak
PhD candidate, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway
Norwegian Systems Architecture: Timber Prefabrication of Moelven Brug
Abstract: Paper looks at the 19th century Norwegian joinery firm, Moelven Brug and how it transformed itself into a major producer of prefabricated timber homes in 1970s in Norway.
Paula Fuentes
Department of Architectural Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium;
Rosa Ana Guerra-Pestonit
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
The Vaults of Sint-Theresia’s church in Dilbeek (Belgium): Tradition and Innovation in Tile Vaults in the 20th Century
Abstract: Paper looks at the transfer of technology of thin tile vaults and how they were used in the vaulting of St Theresia’s church in Dilbeck in Belgium in the 1930s.
12 (midday) Online Session 2: Eighteenth century
James W.P. Campbell
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK
The Significance of John Theophilus Desaguliers’s Course of Experimental Philosophy to the History of Hydraulics and what it reveals about the First Pump-driven Fountains
Abstract: This explores the work of John Theophilus Desaguliers, an 198th century British writer whose publications give the very first description of pumped fountains
Lia Romano
Department of Architecture, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Fighting fires. Jean-Far Eustache de Saint-Far’s contribution to the debate on fireproof constructions in France at the end of the eighteenth century
Abstract: Looks at the contribution of the artist-engineer Jean Far Eustach de Saint-Fer (1746-1828) to the debate on the construction of fire proof floors and the promotion of the use of hollow clay pots
2pm Online Session 3: Concrete
Andreas Thuy
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
The ‘Pilzdecken’ of the Federal Granary in Altdorf: “a paragon facility for the modern art of building”
Abstract: Paper on concrete and its use by the Swiss engineer Robert Maillart (1872-1940) to produce a 1909 patent for Pilzdecken (girderless slabs showing Maillart’s system in action in the building the Federal Granary in the Swiss city of Altdorf constructed in 1912.
Ilaria Giannetti
Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy
Reinforced concrete, industry and design: Balency prefabricated panels between France and Italy
Abstract: Paper looks the Balency prefabricated concrete panel system and how it was used in France and Italy. The Balency system was invented in France in 1948, patented in 1950 ad introduced to the French market 1952 and into Italy in 1964. The article details the system and its adoption, with clear diagrams and photographs showing how it worked
Sofia Nannini
Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Icelandic Concrete Surfaces: Guðjón Samúelsson’s Steining (1930–50)
Abstract: Paper on Steining, a render specifically designed to protect concrete surfaces from the freeze-thaw problems associated with the cold and used in Iceland and invented by Guöjón Samúelsson in 1930.
4pm Online Session 4: Professions and Professionals
Valentina Burgassi
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino - École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris
Mauro Volpiano
Dipartimento di Architettura e Design, Politecnico di Torino
Tradition and innovation: the construction of court palaces and the role of professional figures in eighteenth-century Piedmont
Abstract: This paper explores the construction of the sixteenth and seventeenth century buildings of the Savoy Court in Piedmont. These are well documented, with building accounts and drawings providing valuable insights into the construction process at the time.
Christiane Weber
Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Online paper: Professional organisations of Architects and Engineers and their journals in nineteenth century German States
Abstract: Looks at the professional schools, publications and professional organisations for architects and engineers in the 39 German States before the unification in 1871.
Mike Chrimes
Institution of Civil Engineers Panel for Historical Engineering Works
Jesse Hartley in 1797: evidence on the making of the Liverpool Docks Engineer
Abstract: The paper examines a new piece of evidence on the life of Jesse Hartley (1780-1860), the engineer of the Liverpool Docks. Hartley’s papers were burned after his death but there are a few chance survivals. This paper looks at a diary from 1797, which contains the appointments for the young trainee engineer and gives an idea of his movements. Chrimes compares this to other sources and diaries of the period.
6pm Online Session 5: Iron
Katerina Maria Chalvatzi
ETH Zurich, Institute of Conservation and Building Archaeology (IDB)
Online paper: Early iron in Theatre Construction: the Théâtre du Palais-Royal in Paris
Abstract: Paper detailing the use of iron to create the roofs and hollow pts for the vaults of a theatre in Paris constructed in the 1780s
Tom F. Peters
Emeritus Professor, Lehigh University, Penn., USA
Louis Bruyère’s innovative iron bridges and their contribution to the development of modern iron construction
Abstract: Paper detailing Louis Bruyère’s innovative  use of iron to create bridges 1790-1830
Sara E. Wermiel
Boston University and MIT, Mass., USA
Introduction of the Rolled I-beam in the U.S.A. in the 1850s, Revisited
Abstract: This paper discusses the first two ironworks to roll I-beams in the U.S. in the 1850s


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