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The Birth of Modern Engineering

The 2nd event focused on 19th and 20th century developments in construction history which are connected with the new building materials iron, steel and reinforced or prestressed concrete. The two-week intensive programme consisted of lectures (from acknowledged experts), student presentations, workshops, excursions and field work involving the analysis of a relevant structure in cooperation with the local monument administration. The aim was not only to explore the wide range of technical aspects of iron, steel and reinforced concrete structures with a diachronic approach, but also to place such structures in their cultural, social and economic setting. A key ingredient of the programme was the development of analytical skills using instruments, documentary sources, drawings and surveys that the students can apply in their later academic and professional work.

 

Partner universities:

University of Cottbus (BTU Cottbus), Germany >>

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium >>

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium >>

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom >>

Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany >>

Politechnika Wroclawska, Poland >>

Università di Bologna, Italy >>

 

Participants:

Participating teachers >>

Participating PhD students >>

Participating bachelor and master students >>

 

Programme:

The second European Summer School on Construction History was entitled "The Birth of Modern Engineering". The event focused on 19th and 20th century developments in construction history which were connected with the new building materials as iron, steel and reinforced or prestressed concrete.

Fieldwork >>

Course work >>

Excursions >>

 

Location:

Brussel, Belgium

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium >>

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium >>