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Conference on architectural metals

From: Susan E. Schur <ses_tec_con>
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2002
"20th Century Exterior Architectural Metals: Design, Preservation,
and Care" an intensive conference/training program to be held in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 4-5, 2003--will explore technical
and practical issues involved in keeping metal facades, exterior
components, and structural elements of buildings constructed in the
recent past, as well as metal outdoor sculpture, in good condition
and will probe the cost-benefits of procedures for preserving and
protecting these building envelopes, ornamentation, and artistic

Sponsored by Technology and Conservation, the MIT Department of
Architecture, and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA's Historic
Resources Committee, this conference will first cover the basic
material properties, corrosion behavior, and performance features of
stainless steels, copper alloys, aluminum alloys, titanium alloys,
Corten, and wrought iron. Testing and inspection procedures and
pitfalls will then be detailed, followed by a discussion of design
and structural considerations. Practical, cost-effective strategies
for the care and preservation of architectural metal systems
(including techniques such as repatination, regilding, and coating)
will be examined. Several case histories will be presented
highlighting the lessons learned from these projects, vis-a-vis
viable approaches to preservation and maintenance planning,
facilities management, and stewardship of properties. A look as some
building materials now under development will provide an
understanding of what future care programs might need to encompass.
Walking tours of buildings designed by Frank Gehry, Stephen Holl,
and others will allow direct observation of how various metal alloys
have been used in the last decades of the 1900s. Also viewable will
be outdoor works by sculptors such as Calder and Nevelson.

The topics to be discussed will provide valuable, usable information

    *   architects and architectural conservators
    *   object conservators
    *   building restoration specialists
    *   engineers
    *   building maintenance supervisors
    *   construction specifiers
    *   contractors
    *   campus and educational facilities planners
    *   federal, state, and local government officials responsible
        for the care, rehab, and/or continued viability of buildings
        and other structures or of public art
    *   operations/facilities managers and administrators of
        libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions;
        educational and commercial complexes; and religious
    *   manufacturers and suppliers of components/systems for the
        preservation, restoration, repair, and/or maintenance of
        architectural metals.

The conference speakers are recognized authorities in the fields of
architecture, architectural preservation, building technology,
objects conservation, structural engineering, corrosion engineering,
materials science, and test engineering.

Call For Poster Presentations: Submission date for proposals for
poster presentations at the symposium is October 15, 2002. Posters
(a poster presentation being one 30" x 40" board, or two 20" x 30"
boards) will be on display for viewing during the conference.

The posters can be on a project involving (1) the preservation
and/or care of structures featuring 20th century architectural
metals for the building envelope or exterior ornamentation, or for
outdoor sculpture, or (2) research into the performance,
restoration, or care of these alloys in building or artistic work
usage. Proposals should be submitted to: Technology and
Conservation, Attn: Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, 76 Highland Avenue,
Somerville, MA 02143, U.S.A.

Registration: The registration fee for the conference is $345 per
person until February 15, 2003. After February 15, 2003, the
registration fee is $405 per person. The registration fee includes
the April 4-5, 2003 conference, two luncheons, and a reception.

The AIA's National Historic Resources Committee's Spring 2003 meeting
is being held in conjunction with this conference, and will include
talks, bus tour, a luncheon, and two receptions.

A combined registration fee for the National HRC meeting and the
"20th Century Exterior Architectural Metals" conference is offered,
covering all program events--April 3-6, 2003 (the April 4-5
conference, additional talks on April 3 and April 6, three
luncheons, three receptions, and a bus tour). The combined fee prior
to February 15, 2003 is $445 per person; after February 15, 2003,
the combined fee is $520 per person. Registration fees are given in
U.S. dollars.

For the schedule or for more details on the conference, contact

    Technology and Conservation
    76 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143
    Fax: 617-623-2253

                  Conservation DistList Instance 16:18
                Distributed: Thursday, September 5, 2002
                       Message Id: cdl-16-18-014
Received on Wednesday, 4 September, 2002

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