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Skills Academy #3: Morning Session 4

Metal in architecture

Saturday 22 April 2017, 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Bibliothèque nationale de France (East entrance)
Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13e 
Open to the public (prior bookings only): 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy #3: Morning Session 4
© Conception graphique Undo-Redo

Improvements in metal alloys from the Second Industrial Revolution onwards heralded the era of massive use of metals across all sectors of industry, construction included. Used horizontally (bridges, railways, etc.) and vertically, taking man-made structures to new heights, steel epitomised the triumph of modernity. Our fourth Morning Session offers an overview of the history of metal in architecture. 


9 a.m.
Keynote address by Marc Mimram, architect DPLG-engineer ENPC

10.30 a.m.

11 a.m.
‘Metal and architecture in the 19th and 20th centuries’
Frédéric Seitz, honorary professor and architect

Our third biennial Skills Academy explores the many facets of metal, with a focus on innovation for tomorrow’s world. The Foundation’s programme is aimed at artisans, designers and engineers eager to take a fresh look at the world of metal, and to harness their practice and expertise to a collective, experimental project. Throughout the first semester 2017, our monthly Morning Sessions enable interested members of the public to extend their knowledge of this essential material, from a historical, aesthetic, economic and technical perspective, and to engage in ground-breaking debate on its future and sustainability.  

> Find out about Morning Session 3: Metals and metalwork in R&D
> Find out about Morning Session 5: Covering, finishing, locking
> Find out more about Skills Academy #3

> Frédéric Seitz presents the 4th lecture

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris
East entrance


Under the supervision of Normal Studio, Guest designers and Skills Academy educational directors