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ATCH at SAHANZ 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

ATCH represntatives are heading to 'Historiographies of Technology and Architecture,' the 35th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, hosted by the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington and covened by Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Chris McDondald and Michael Dudding. The conference will investigate the fact that contemporary descriptions of architecture and architectural practice continue to proclaim the benefits of technology: a built environment that is automated and intelligent; building construction via robotic fabrication processes; from and space-making utilizing virtual reality. It seeks to investigate the ways our current obsessions with technology echo, extend or overturn the profession's historic preoccupation with technology? The keynote speaker for the conference is Claire Zimmerman from the University of Michigan.  

On Thursday July,4  presentations will include papers by ATCH PhD candidate Lisa Marie Daunt on "Modernist Concrete: Technologies of Brisbane Church Architecture in the 1960s," and academic Elizabeth Musgrave on "Knowledge Transfer in the Nineteenth Century: The Short History of Béton Aggloméré in Queensland."  

PhD candidates Lloyd Jones will present a paper on  "Engrained Modernity: Robin Gibson's Pinkenba Grain Elevator" on Friday July 5, and Peyman Akhgar will give a paper on "The Ecole Des Beaux-Arts and the Advent of Modern Architecture in Interwar Iran" on Saturday 6 July.