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
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