A half-day symposium on the extraordinary Crystal Palace, erected to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. Its disruptive design caused quite a stir and the construction procedures used to complete it in eight months were well ahead of their time.

Recent Submissions

  • Industrial Materials and The Crystal Palace 

    Usselman, Steven W. (2014-09-03)
    Steve Usselman, Chair of the School of History, Technology, and Society, will provide critical information about the growing scope and efficiency of industrial production, particularly of coal and iron, which were critical ...
  • Performance: The Thermal Environment (Or, Keeping Cool) 

    Brown, Jason (2014-09-03)
    Assistant Professor of Architecture, Jason Brown, assess the potentially challenging conditions for climate control for The Crystal Palace and its overall environmental performance.
  • Construction Logistics and Discussion 

    Bowen, Brian (2014-09-03)
    Brian Bowen, Professor of the Practice of Building Construction, discusses the logistics of The Crystal Palace's construction.
  • Materials and Structural Engineering 

    Kahn, Lawrence (2014-09-03)
    Professor Lawrence F. Kahn, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, discusses the structural engineering of The Crystal Palace.
  • The American Exhibit at the Great Exhibition, 1851 

    Medina, Joyce D. (2014-09-03)
    Joyce D. Medina, Lecturer in the School of Industrial Design, shares some of the most popular attractions of the Great Exhibition, as well as the American exhibits and its impact on the exhibition as a whole.
  • The Decoration: Owen Jones and Color in Design 

    Hollengreen, Laura (2014-09-03)
    Laura Hollengreen, Associate Professor of Architecture, discusses the design and decoration of The Crystal Palace by designer Owen Jones.
  • The Builders: Fox, Henderson and Company 

    Bowen, Brian (2014-09-03)
    Brian Bowen, Professor of the Practice of Building Construction, discusses the mobilization of the construction industry to assemble the cast iron and glass behemoth known as The Crystal Palace.
  • The Designer: Joseph Paxton / The Building 

    Craig, Robert M. (2014-09-03)
    Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Robert Craig, discusses The Crystal Palace's innovative design and the particular and unusual skills that its architect brought to bear on the project.
  • Introduction [Great Buildings & Structures that Made a Difference: The Crystal Palace, London, 1851] 

    French, Steve; Hollengreen, Laura (2014-09-03)
    Symposium introduction by the Dean of the College of Architecture, Steve French. "Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations", brief overview of the 1851 World's Fair exhibition, presented by Laura Hollengreen.