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The Construction History Society of America will host a meeting exploring, “Interventions: The Roles of Disaster and Industrialization in Construction History”, Saturday, 29 October 2011 at The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in New York City.

“Inventions over the last two centuries have driven vast changes in building design and construction. New inventions and innovation of existing ideas, in turn, have been driven by response to disasters, inventions in tools and materials, and a changing labor force.”




Keynote: “The Silicon Valley of the 19th Century,”
P. Thomas Carroll, Executive Director of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway

Roundtable: Disasters and Construction History
Moderator: Donald Friedman
Marilyn Kaplan, Principal, Preservation Architecture
Timothy Lynch, Executive Director, Forensic Engineering Unit of the New York City Department of Buildings
Ronald Spadafora, Assistant Chief and Chief of Logistics, Fire Department of the City of New York


Lunch (provided)


Roundtable: Industrialization and Construction History
Moderator: Nancy Rankin
Michael Lynch, Principal, Kaese & Lynch Architecture and Engineering
Wendy Ordemann, Outreach Manager, Brick Industry Association
Norman Weiss, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, Vice President of MCC Materials, and Senior Scientist at Integrated Conservation Resources


Saturday, October 29, 2011


The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street, New York, NY


$40 for CHSA membership
$75 for non-members
$20 for students

For more information and to register, visit

About the Construction History Society of America
The Society is dedicated to the study of the history and evolution of all aspects of the built environment—its creation, maintenance and management. It is a forum for scholars and professionals in the field to share, meet and exchange ideas and research. Membership is open to a wide range of construction related disciplines involved in the planning, development, design and construction of buildings and engineering infrastructure, in addition to those concerned with their operation and preservation. Members share a passion for examining how our existing structures were planned, designed and built, with the purpose of using this knowledge to better preserve what we have and to guide us in determining future directions.

The US branch of the Construction History Society is a distinct entity catering to the historical studies and interests of its members here in America. Membership in the US branch includes full benefits in CHS at large, including receipt of the Society’s Journal and newsletter and links to scholars in the field worldwide.

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