4th International Construction History Congress – Paris, France – July 3-7, 2012

Click here for abstracts from the 4th International Congress on Construction History.


American Construction History, 1850-1950, CHSA’s 3rd Biennial Meeting – Cambridge, MA – November 2-3, 2012

This two-day biennial meeting brought together one hundred academics, architects, engineers, preservationists, contractors and researchers to discuss American construction between 1850 and 1950, and the construction of Guastavino vaults. The first day began with a keynote address by Robert Silman, and included twenty-two presentations on topics on mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century construction. The second day focused on Guastavino construction, and began with a keynote address by Janet Parks of the Avery Library at Columbia University. Eighteen papers reviewed the history and technology of Guastavino arch construction. Receptions were held at MIT and at a former Guastavino factory in Woburn, MA. Half-day tours of the Boston Waterworks and Guastavino vaults in the Boston area took place following the meeting.

Selected papers and abstracts can be found here and here.