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  • Call for Papers! 2017 Latrobe Chapter Symposium October 28, 2017The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and PlanningOrganized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and the Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning. The 12th Biennial Symposium explores the relationship between architecture and art as it pertains to the built environment of greater Washington, DC.CALL FOR PAPERS City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol The tensions between serving as the National Capital and functioning as a practical city have defined Washington, DC, politically, socially, and physically. Throughout the city, suburbs, and surrounding region, this conflict is manifest in the built environment. From the governing precinct emanating from ...
    Posted May 11, 2017, 2:57 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Practical Geometry: How We Designed and Laid Out Buildings Before Standard Dimensions Lecture by Jane Griswold RadocchiaWednesday, May 10, 2017Why did James Gibbs and William Buckland sit for their portraits holding compasses? Why did Asher Benjamin and Owen Biddle begin their pattern books with Practical Geometry? Why was Peter Nicholson’s book about practical geometry. The Carpenter’s New Guide, published in 1792, so popular that it ran through 10 editions? A compass was the master builder’s symbol, his tool. Practical geometry governed how we designed and built: plans and elevations, framing; windows, doors, ornamentation. Measurements came after layout. Facility with a compass was a basic skill taught to apprentices by master builders. The Industrial Revolution, especially the need for interchangeable parts and therefore standard dimensions, made geometry - expressed ...
    Posted Apr 24, 2017, 7:50 AM by Bill Marzella
  • Maryland 100 in SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings Lecture by Lisa Davidson and Catherine LavoieHistoric American Buildings Survey, National Park ServiceWednesday, April 19, 2017Maryland is now represented in SAH Archipedia: Classic Buildings, a free, open-access site containing entries for around 100 buildings from each state represented in SAH Archipedia. SAH Archipedia is an authoritative online encyclopedia of the built world published by the Society of Architectural Historians and the University of Virginia Press, and contains histories, photographs, and maps for more than 17,000 structures and places.This new content represents Maryland’s most characteristic buildings and sites, compiled by coordinators Lisa Davidson and Catherine Lavoie. Davidson and Lavoie will discuss their choices for the Maryland 100 and the considerations that guided their selection ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2017, 1:18 PM by Bill Marzella
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