Peters to discuss culture of construction
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Tom Peters will give the lecture, "A Culture of Construction: Technical Thought and Theory in Architecture and Engineering," Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
Professor of architecture and history at Lehigh University, Peters also is the director of the Building and Architectural Technology Institute at Lehigh. The recipient of a doctorate from ETH (Zurich, Switzerland), he teaches courses in the history of architectural and civil engineering technology and the culture of technology. Peters has taught at Berkeley, Cornell and Lehigh as well as the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The author of Transitions in Engineering and Building the Nineteenth Century, he has written academic and popular articles in French, English and German on building technology and technological thought as a creative endeavor.
According to Mary Brantl, professor of art and art history at Bucknell, recent work by Peters includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Guillaume Louis Figuier, a 19th-century chemist who turned from teaching to devote himself to popularizing science through various means including theatre.
"Perhaps appropriately, Dr. Peters' own current research on the development of the skyscraper in Chicago is to be published as a historical novel," she said.
The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the continuing Bucknell Science, Technology and Society Colloquium series, "The Elegant Equation: Engineering and the Art of Architecture."
The series focuses on architecture as the meeting point of technology and creativity. Remaining lectures in the series are:
March 30: "The Aesthetics of Technology: Debates on Building in Berlin from Karl Friedrich Schinkel to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe," Barry Bergdoll, professor of art history and archeology at Columbia University;
April 3: "Fallingwater: Structural Preservation for a Work of Art," engineer John Matteo of Robert Silman Associates.
For more information about the series, see http://www.bucknell.edu/AcademicAffairs/
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