aptwglc/chsa skyscraper symposium 22 June at SAIC

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Pleased to share the attached–the Western Great Lakes chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology, in conjunction with the Construction History Society of America, is sponsoring an afternoon-long symposium on historic skyscrapers on June 22 at the Leroy Neiman Center, the School of the Art Institute’s new student center at 37 S. Wabash.  There will be two sessions–one on current preservation projects, and the other, later one will be a debate between myself and Construction History superstars (?) Don Friedman, of Old Structures in New York, and Meghan Elliott, of PreservationWorks in Minneapolis.  We’ll be debating the origins of the tall building construction, and which city can claim the mantle of “home of the skyscraper.”  Promises to be a steel-cage-match showdown, full of terra cotta and steel details, discussion of how you really measure a tall building, and random swipes at the Mets.  Social hour to follow, hope to see a truly partisan crowd there!  More details as they’re confirmed at: http://www.aptwglc.com/2013symposium.htm