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Architecture Assistant Professor Presents Research on the House Designs of Thomas Edison

Matt Burgermaster, assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Design, presented a research paper entitled "Edison's 'Single-Pour System': Inventing Seamless Architecture" at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians on an innovative construction system invented by Thomas Edison to mass-produce prefabricated, concrete houses. This one-of-a-kind system was patented for the purpose of building a single, repeatable structure without any parts, with a single act of construction.  In the early 20th century, Edison realized a number of these houses in northern New Jersey and some of them remain standing today. Burgermaster's research examines Edison's patent drawings, the influence they had on the integration of building technology and architectural design in early Modern Architecture, and their value to contemporary design thinking.