Symposium: Factory World: Architecture and Industrialization over Time and Space. London, 31 October 2019

Organized by Mark Crinson and Claire Zimmerman

This one-day symposium explores new research on factory architecture and images of factories between the Industrial Revolution and the present day, and across several different countries. Housing changing technologies, and acutely related to the unfolding of social and work relations central to industrial capitalism, this building type is critically important for understanding how modernization has taken place over two and a half centuries. Its legacy remains with us today, in contemporary industrial installations as well as the ongoing production of heritage narratives focused on buildings and places.

Factories offer distinctive ways to understand architecture as a globally interconnected phenomenon, intimately tied to urban change, visions of modernity and technological utopia. The event will offer speakers and audiences the opportunity to share ideas around questions of political economy in architecture.

Speakers. Tilo Amhoff (University of Brighton), Peter Christensen (University of Rochester), Mark Crinson (Birkbeck), Anke Hagemann (Technical University Berlin), Katie Lloyd Thomas (Newcastle University), Claire Zimmerman (University of Michigan).

Timetable.
11.30-11.45 – Welcome and introduction

Plan and Image
11.45-12.30 – ‘Ancoats, 1826 – or, how to represent a factory’ (Mark Crinson)
12.30-1.15 – ‘The planning of the factory in Germany, 1898-1918’ (Tilo Amhoff)
1.15-2.00 – Lunch

Environments
2.00-2.45 – ‘Getting to know the shape of smog’ (Peter Christensen)
2.45-3.30 – ‘Between cables, industry and home’: Women, building products and STC Factory, New Southgate in the interwar period’ (Katie Lloyd-Thomas)
3.30-3.45 – Tea

Transnationalism
3.45-4.30 – ‘Building the global factory – architectures of transnational clothing production’ (Anke Hagemann)
4.30-5.15 – ‘From Truscon to AMTORG: Moritz Kahn and the global networks of Detroit’ (Claire Zimmerman)
5.15-5.45 – Discussion

Venue. Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

You can book your (free) tickets and access the abstracts of the symposium at this link.

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