Inventions: The Roles of Disaster and Industrialization in Construction History – New York, NY – October 29, 2011

Inventions over the last two centuries have driven vast changes in building design and construction. New inventions and innovations of existing ideas, in turn, have been driven by response to disasters, inventions in tools and materials, and a changing labor force. Presentations at this one-day symposium included

  • Keynote address “The Silicon Valley of the 19th Century” by P. Thomas Carroll, Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway
  • A Roundtable on Disasters and Construction History, with speakers Marilyn Kaplan of Preservation Architecture, Timothy Lynch of the New York City Department of Buildings, and Ronald Spadafora of the Fire Department of the City of New York.
  • A Roundtable on Industrialization and Construction History, with speakers Michael Lynch of Kaese & Lynch Architecture and Engineering, Wendy Ordemann of the Brick Industry Association, and Norman Weiss of Columbia University and Integrated Conservation Resources.