CfP: Technological Progress as a Basis for Modern Architecture. Arts special issue, MDPI

Call for Papers: Technological Progress as a Basis for Modern Architecture. Arts special issue, MDPI

The theme of this Special Issue is to investigate the significance of technological progress for the emergence and development of Modern Architecture.
One key question is, how new materials (iron, glass, concrete), new concepts (standardization, modularization, mass production), constructions (curtain wall glass facades, flat roofs) and the mechanization of buildings evolve parallel to the modernization of architecture and how they change architectural thinking and the built form.
This Special Issue of Arts wants to examine, how architects deal with technological progress:

  • Are they are only recipients, adapting innovations to achieve a new architectural expression?
  • Or are they active protagonists of technological progress, and the desire for a new architecture precedes or promotes the development of corresponding technological innovations?
  • And how do their buildings in reality and on a material level live up to the aesthetic promise of progress?

In this context the relationship between architect and engineer is of importance, as it is often engineers who are the protagonists of the Industrial Revolution.
The deadline for submissions is 30 August 2018.
Arts (ISSN 2076-0752) is an international scholarly open access journal published by MDPI, Basel, Switzerland, and listed i.a. in ESCI and Web of Science.
This special issue is edited by Atli Magnus Seelow (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden).
For further information, please see this special issue’s homepage.

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