Memorias de investigación
Book chapters:
Construction History in Spain: the Discipline's Foundation

Research Areas
  • Civil engineering and architecture

In the past two decades, Construction History has started to become an independent discipline. The number of articles, theses and books that could be assigned to this field has grown exponentially, and there have been several and remarkably successful congresses: 12 national (eight in Spain; two in France; one in the United Kingdom; one in Germany) and four international (Madrid 2003; Cambridge 2006; Cottbus 2009; Paris 2012) congresses, as shown in Table 1 further on. However, it is far from being a recognized discipline, such as Art History or the History of Science. There are no university chairs or departments and, in the reference databases, ?Construction History? is not listed as a common descriptor. This is not surprising; it reflects the inertia of academia to accept new disciplines. In what follows, we will discuss the current state of discipline in Spain. Previous articles have tackled the matter.1081 We will try to avoid unnecessary repetitions and concentrate on: 1) The activities of the Spanish Society of Construction History and 2) its consequences on teaching and research, taking as a case study the experience in the School of Architecture of Madrid; also we will 3) give a provisional list of dissertations on Construction History read in Spain in the last 40 years. First, we will try to define with the least possible ambiguity the field and objectives of Construction History. The intention is not to enter into the actual debate on the ?definition? of Construction History,109 but to show, in as detached a manner as possible, the ideas behind actions that have been made.
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Book title
Construction History: a European Meridian
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  • Creador: Departamento: Estructuras y Física de Edificación