The 5th Biennial Meeting on Construction History will take place at The University of Texas at Austin from May 26 - 29, 2016. Construction Historians and independent scholars will share research and establish a discussion within the frame of Knowledge Exchange and Building Technology Transfer. Presentations will be given which depict the spectrum of scenarios, building solutions, industry, and cultural transformations that are the result of those exchanges and transferences in the Americas.
The opening lecture will be presented by UTSOA professor Dr. Richard Cleary and keynote speakers include Tom F. Peters and Roberto Meli. UTSOA Assistant Professor Bejamin Ibarra Sevilla has curated twelve sessions of more than forty presentations from all over the United States and Latin America, and will present a lecture entitled Mixtec Stonecutting Artistry, 16th-Century Ribbed Vaults in Mexico.
Three guided tours led by local expert historians have been organized:
- Austin and Immediate Surroundings
- San Antonio Franciscan Missions and Painted Churches of Texas
Session themes include:
- Prefabrication in North America
- The 19th Century
- Mid-Century Architecture
- Construction Units: Terracotta, Glass & Brick
- Shells and Spatial Structures I and II
- Skin and Guts: Envelope and Mechanical Systems
Registration is currently open at: http://www.chsa-5thbiennial.org/chsa-austin-registration/
Established in 2007, the Construction History Society of America is a nonprofit membership organization and the U.S. branch of the Construction History Society, an international organization based in the U.K. The Construction History Society of America focuses attention on all aspects of the history of the built environment, with a concentration on the construction history of the Americas. CHSA is a forum for scholars and professionals to meet and exchange ideas and research. Membership is open to a wide range of construction-‐related disciplines involved in the planning, development, design, construction, operation and preservation of buildings and engineering infrastructure. Members share an interest in examining, researching, and documenting how existing structures were planned, designed and built, with the purpose of using this knowledge to better understand and preserve what we have and to guide us in determining future directions. Learn more at www.constructionhistorysociety.org