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09-10-11-16-17-18/06/21 - Annual symposium "Architectural History + Climate Emergency"

Symposium "Architectural History + Climate Emergency" organisé par la Society of Architectural Historians of Great-Britain avec l’aide d’Architects Declare, ACAN, Heritage Declares et la Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

"The Symposium places the nexus between architecture and energy centre stage in our understanding of the historic built environment, considering how both large-scale energy consumption and socio-political regimes of energy production force us to give greater consideration to architecture’s environmental impact through time."


"By investigating the relationship between buildings and energy, in conjunction with other factors such as the building industry’s contribution to deforestation, eco-system destruction, and wide-spread pollution connected to primary material procurement, architectural history can reclaim its long-standing place as a central contributor to architectural debate and practice. Much more importantly, considering the history of architecture in this context can make a significant contribution to understanding and addressing the fossil fuel dependency and biodiversity crisis that threatens the continuation of life on Earth."


9 June

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Lecture : Landscapes of Power : Energy & Environment in Eighteenth- Century London, Elizabeth McKellar (Open University)
  • Roundtables

10 June

  • Opening Remarks
  • Roundtable : Climate Literacy (ACAN)
  • Roundtable : Architectural Practice and Climate Emergency Architects Declare, Heritage Declares (RIAS)
  • Roundtable : Teaching Energy Awareness, Angela Connelly (Manchester School of Architecture), Katherine Li (Glasgow School of Art), Scott McAulay (Anthropocene Architecture School), Florian Urban (Glasgow School of Art)

11 June

  • Opening Remarks
  • Panel 1 : Strategies of Environmental Conditioning
    • The brise-soleil Dilemma : Reading Design Intentions Through Climate – Harry Seidler and the Sun-Protractor, Elizabeth Musgrave (University of Queensland) and Philip Goad (University of Melbourne)
    • Constructing Regional Identity Through Adaption to Climate : the Case of Guangzhou, China, Yichi Zhang (University of Oslo)
    • Atrium Buildings and Energy Consumption in 1970s Britain, Charles Rice (University of Technology Sydney)
    • What the Future of Architecture Holds : Historicizing Strategies for Energy Transition Imagined at the NEST, Kim Förster (University of Manchester)
  • Panel 2 : Material/Immaterial
    • Tell-Khaiber : Low-Energy Fortification Construction in Bronze Age Mesopotamia, Mary Shepperson (University of Liverpool)
    • Material Representations : The Technics of Miyadaiku, Yi-Ern Tan Samuel (National University of Singapore)
    • On Tracelessness : The Climatic–Cultural Case for Rewriting Histories of Sámi Architecture, Sofia Singler (University of Cambridge)
    • Energy to Build, Energy to Dwell : The Lurie House by Kaneji Domoto, Lynnette Widder (Columbia University)
  • Panel 3 : Buildings and Landscapes of Petro-Urbanism
    • At the Heart of Soconyland : The Architectural Ambitions of the Standard Oil Company, Joseph M. Watson (Kansas State University)
    • Assessing the 1973 Turn in Architecture : Oil Crisis, Alternative Energies, and the Insulation Boom, Paul Bouet (Université Gustave Eiffel) and Jean Souviron (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
    • Managing the Well/Managing the Town : Petro-capital and Environmental Professionalism between Houston and Saudi Arabia, B. Jack Hanly (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    • The E-Road Network as Actor of Planetary Urbanization : Reconsidering the Trans-European Petroleumscape, Marianna Charitonidou (ETH, Zurich)

16 June

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Lecture : The Economics of Construction in Imperial Roman Architecture, Janet Delaine (Oxford University)

17 June

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Lecture : Thermal Governance, Energetic Intermediation, and Architecture, Jiat-Hwee Chang (National University of Singapore)
  • Panel 4 : Conservation and Consumption
    • Environmental Politics of Time in Ghana’s Construction Industry, 1950s-1960s, Łukasz Stanek (University of Manchester)
    • Energy Slaves : Buckminster Fuller’s Universal Vision of Race and Automation, Peg Rawes (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL)
    • New Histories in the Built Environment : Accounting for Embodied Energy in Post-War Reconstruction, Sean McEntee (University of Edinburgh)
    • Primitive Forms, High-tech Services : Energy Conservation and Shelter Design in Stefan, A. Szczelkun’s Survival Scrapbook 1 Francesca Zanotto (Università IUAV di Venezia)
  • Panel 5 : Codes and Costs of Environmental Planning
    • Colonial Town Planning and Techno-Futurism : Ecological Disaster in the Writings of W. H. McLean, Samuel Grinsell (University of Antwerp)
    • Temporalities of Terrestrial Mutation : A Reading of the Curtis’s and Harvey Explosives Factory, Cliffe, Medway, Corinna Dean (University of Westminster)
    • 68 Degrees : Health, Energy and Politics in New York City’s Residential Heat and Hot Water Code, 1918-1968, Rebecca Wright (University of Northumbria)
    • Landscape Legacies of Power Generation : Drakelow and the Central Electricity Generating Board, Luca Csepely-Knorr (Manchester School of Architecture)

18 June

  • Opening Remarks
  • BST Panel 6 : Imaginaries of Energy and Power
    • ‘The Grandfather of Skyscrapers’ : Gas, Steam, and Iron at Shrewsbury Flax Mill, Tim Greensmith (Associate, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios)
    • The Energies, Geo-Politics, and Capitalist Spatial Imaginaries of Iron in Architectural History, Joseph Bedford (Virginia Tech)
    • ‘Nature’s Storehouse is Man’s Benefactor’ : Designing Infinite Growth along the Niagara Frontier, Elliott Sturtevant (Columbia University)
    • The Machine in the Mountain : the Piave River Hydro-Power Apparatus and Fascist Ideas of Nature, Elena Longhin (Università IUAV di Venezia)
  • Panel 7 : Atmospheres and Bodies in/through Space
    • Heat and Light in the Little Ice Age : the Environment in the Elizabethan Country House, Ranald Lawrence (University of Liverpool)
    • Towards an Architecture of Steam : Climate, Bathing, and the British Working Class, Dustin Valen (Concordia University)
    • Where are the Bodies ? : Indoor Climates and Human Energy, Betsy Frederick-Rothwell (University of Texas at Austin)
    • Trajectories of Modernity : Spatial Evolution and Energy Demand in Middle-Class Housing in Lahore, Pakistan Rihab Khalid (University of Cambridge)
    • Concluding Remarks


Date : les 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 et 18 juin 2021.

Lieu : plateforme Zoom

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