Wednesday, April 17, 2019

How did modern architectural materials spread during the Twentieth Century? Lecturer Tait Johnson explores an underlying process in the upcoming paper entitled, "Enemies on the Same Side: Alcoa, Reynolds, and the Battle for Progress During WWII," recently accepted to the Construction History Society of America conference in May. This paper extends his research on the history of architectural materiality by showing how two titans of aluminum leveraged patents as legal weapons to spread aluminum cladding and dominate the market.