The East-West series of workshops aims to exchange ideas and knowledge among Western and Eastern colleagues to build a more international and diverse industrial archaeology. The activity is organised jointly by the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (USTB, China), the UK Association for Industrial Archaeology, and its Young Members Board.
Zoom (online meeting).
DATE & TIME:
25 November 2023, Saturday.
SPEAKERS & TALKS:
- Carolina CASTAÑEDA (TICCIH-International and TICCIH-Spain): "The imprint of the Spanish tobacco industry on the urban landscape: Permanences and absences of an industrial memory"
The preservation of old industrial buildings implies their treatment as reused elements for the development of the dynamics of today’s society, in a second life where their recovery for citizenship implies a social value added to their historical-cultural importance. But this narrative is not complete without considering those intangible aspects that, unfortunately, have been lost over time and shape a memory of absences. This presentation proposes a reflection on the specific imprint left by the presence of Spanish tobacco factories in the urban landscape. It examines their different dimensions as industrial heritage in relation to the territory, the city, their architectural formalisation and the dynamics of the cigarette-makers as key workers. In this way, the importance of the activity of these factories in the cities in which they were located established a series of tangible and intangible relationships, both in their immediate surroundings and in the whole city.
- Fanlei MENG (Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China): "Research on the history and architectural heritage value of industrial construction in modern Beijing"
As the important capital of modern China, Beijing witnessed the great impact of the western industrial revolution in the late Qing Dynasty, and became one of the cities that started the industrialization process earlier. After the rule of the Qing government, Beiyang government and the government of the Republic of China, Beijing gradually moved towards the industrial civilization from the agricultural era. Modern industrial construction has had an important impact on the evolution of Beijing’s urban pattern, architectural style and economic structure, forming the industrial architectural style with Beijing’s regional characteristics and unique heritage value. Based on systematically combing the evolution of the modern Beijing industry, the style characteristics and heritage values of modern industrial buildings in Beijing were analysed and studied to improve further the research of value systems for Beijing industrial heritage and show the diversified values of the industrial building heritage in Beijing from a more micro perspective.
- Gordon DAVIES (Cambridge Museum of Technology, England): "An industrial tale of two cities: Filming the architecture of industry around Cambridge Museum of Technology (UK) and Athens Technopolis (Hellas)"
“An Industrial Tales of Two Cities” offers a multimedia examination of 'twin’ industrial sites, which explores the question: how does the context of a ‘heritage city’ impact factors to retain, remediate, restore, redevelop or remove industrial architecture? Athens (Hellas) and Cambridge (UK) both have millennia-old (pre) industrial histories, and do not tend to be strongly associated with the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century: architecture from other periods has (historically) taken pre-eminence, especially among (tourist) guides. Yet both cities are home to significant examples of industrial heritage and host industrial museums. This presentation introduces an immersive documentary film that combines archive photography, contemporary drone videography and ambient-sound recordings, juxtaposing ‘absence’ (the redeveloped site of a former gasworks in Cambridge) with the best-preserved architectural example of the industrial-gas-making process (located in Athens). The video is commented by the producer, including explanations of the methodology behind the making of the film and descriptions of film-processing tools to explore the architecture of industry.
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