Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World

Country: USA

City: Philadelphia

Abstr. due: 15.11.2014

Dates: 20.03.15 — 22.03.15

Area Of Sciences: Technical sciences; Architecture;

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Organizers: University of Pennsylvania


Following on the success of “Masons at Work”(held in spring 2012, and published as, the symposium aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered - and the solutions they developed - in the process of design and construction.  Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.

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