Oh, this is going to be good. CTBUH has announced that, as part of its 10th World Congress next year in Chicago, it will host a symposium on “first skyscrapers.” I’ve been part of a consultant team that’s helped them formulate the discussion–they’ve wisely decided to open it up to a Call for Abstracts, inviting anyone with a theory on how the term should be defined (or not) and/or what we should think about when claiming any tall building as a ‘first.’
From the call:
CTBUH is thus issuing a Call for Abstracts to all scholars of history and colleagues with an expertise in this field (including architecture, architectural history, construction, economics, engineering, and beyond) to answer the prompt, “What skyscraper could be considered a ‘first’ in a particular technological field or other dimension?” and to state upon what criteria this assertion is based.
Deadline is 26 March, abstract length limited to 300 words. Regular readers may have some idea of what I’m going to propose…and how tough it’s going to be for me to limit myself to that.
Start your engines…