The Berlage


Building for Autos

Architecture Along the Roadside

This online afternoon symposium will explore how the automobile created new building types throughout the twentieth century. Topics will include the filling station, from curbside pumps to full-service amenities; the parking garage and the invention of reinforced concrete; the increase in car travel and the need to rethink the hotel for motorists; and the expansion of car ownership and the rise of the business park and the drive-in religious facility.

Speakers will include Chester H. Liebs, Jules Schoonman, Andrew Beattie, Janina Gosseye, and Filip Geerts.

This is the second of a series of events organized on the occasion of “The Auto Drives Architecture” research project, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment’s contribution to a forthcoming exhibition opening in spring 2022.

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