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Call for papers

International symposium

Glass in architecture from the pre- to the post-industrial era: Production, use and conservation

5-6 November 2021 at the Vitromusée Romont

The symposium is organised by the Vitrocentre Romont, the Bern University of the Arts, Conservation and Restoration Section, and the Institute of Art History at the University of Bern.

The symposium is dedicated to the fascinating history of production and use of sheet glass. The aim of the conference is to highlight the interactions between technological innovations in the fields of sheet glass production and architecture and to elucidate the highly diverse properties and qualities of plate glass, which vary according to the manufacturing process used. Another objective will be to discuss the challenges presented by the preservation of historical architectural glass, particularly in the context of the trend towards thermal insulation of buildings, which often results in the replacement of the original windows.

We welcome papers (abstracts of max. 2,500 characters) on the following themes:

  • From cast to float glass. The history of sheet glass production from pre-industrial times to the present day;
  • Mutual influences: Technological innovations in the sheet glass and construction industries;
  • From Crystal Palace to Burj Khalifa: Glass in architecture from the 19th to the 21st century;
  • Disappearing legacy: The challenge of preserving and in situ-restoration of architectural glass.

Deadline for submission of abtracts : 15 January 2021

Please send your proposal to: sophie.wolf@vitrocentre.ch.

The abstract should include the title of the paper and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) and should not exceed 2,500 characters including spaces. Please also include the main author’s short CV (max. 800 characters). The languages of the conference are English, French and German. Abstracts can be submitted in any of the three languages.

Contact and information: sophie.wolf@vitrocentre.ch.

Vitrocentre Romont Au Château P.O. Box 150 CH-1680 Romont Phone +41 (0)26 652 10 95 Fax +41 (0)26 652 49 17 cr:vasb:ivgebprager.pu