CTBUH Issues Call for Abstracts for "First Skyscrapers: Skyscraper Firsts" Symposium

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) will celebrate its 50th anniversary in its home city of Chicago, where it will also hold its 10th World Congress, October 29 through November 2, 2019. As part of this event, CTBUH and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) will host a one-day symposium on Thursday, October 31. 

The purpose of this symposium, "First Skyscrapers; Skyscraper Firsts," is to identify the ground-breaking achievements in the formative years of the skyscraper and to separate popular myth from settled scholarship in the debate over "the first skyscraper." CTBUH has issued a call for abstracts to all history scholars and colleagues with an expertise in this area (including architecture, architectural history, construction, economics, engineering and beyond) to answer the question "What skyscraper could be considered a 'first' in a particular technological field or other dimension?" and to explain what criteria this assertion is based on.

Abstracts are due March 26 and can be submitted here.

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